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Godowsky: Original piano works and transcriptions

Godowsky: Original piano works and transcriptions
Composer Leopold Godowsky
Artist Emanuele Delucchi piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number PCL0096
EAN code 5060385450314
Release October 2015

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About this release

Leopold Godowsky (1870‐1938) was one of the greatest and most legendary pianists of the 20th century. As a composer he is most famous for his transcriptions and paraphrases, all displaying a daunting virtuosity. This new recording presents Godowsky’s original work the Passacaglia, 44 variations on Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, one of the most complicated and difficult piano pieces ever written, as well as a selection of transcriptions of Schubert Songs. The Strauss paraphrases (Wein, Weib und Gesang, Alt Wien) are frequently played concert pieces, a firework display of virtuosity, ingenuity and brilliance. Pianist Emanuele Delucchi (b. 1987) followed the famous Imola School in Italy, won the gold Medal at the Alkan/Zimmermann Competition and is a champion of lesser known romantic composers (Alkan, Godowsky, Bussotti), “A true lion of the keyboard, a discovery” (Matthias Ross). Delucchi plays on a Steinway of 1906 from the collection of Marco Barletta, an instrument perfectly suited to the repertoire, from the same time as Godowsky’s compositions.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Passacaglia
  2. From “12 Schubert Song Transcriptions”: I. Wohin
  3. From “12 Schubert Song Transcriptions”: II. Gute Nacht
  4. From “12 Schubert Song Transcriptions”: XI. Heidenröslein
  5. From “12 Schubert Song Transcriptions”: VII. Wiegenlied
  6. From “12 Schubert Song Transcriptions”: VIII. Morgengruss
  7. Ständchen (Richard Strauss)
  8. Adagietto from “L’Arlésienne Suite” (Georges Bizet)
  9. Canzonetta from “Concerto Romantique” (Benjamin Godard)
  10. Tango from “España” (Isaac Albeniz)
  11. 4 Poems: I. Devotion
  12. 4 Poems: II. Avowal
  13. 4 Poems: III. Adoration
  14. 4 Poems: IV. Yearning
  15. “Wein, Weib und Gesang”, from “Symphonische Metamorphosen Johann Strauss’scher Themen”, No. 3
  16. “Alt Wien”, from “Triakontameron” , No. 11