Dvorak: Complete Piano Music

Composer Antonín Dvorák
Artist Inna Poroshina piano
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 94085
EAN code 5028421940854
Release September 2010

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Dvorák considered himself only a modest pianist (he was a string player), and his music for piano has for long been neglected and considered of secondary importance to his symphonies, concertos and chamber works. Whilst undoubtedly true, the output for solo piano does contain some of his more mundane efforts, closer study of the music reveals some gems well worth getting to know, and that all contain his innate gift for melody.

His largest work featuring piano, the G major piano concerto has finally made some headway in the concert repertoire, and has always been championed by leading pianists – Richter and Aimard to name just two. The piano trios, quartets and the quintet all have effective piano parts, and are well laid out for the pianist. So why has the solo piano music been so neglected?

These works span his entire creative life, from the simple little Polka in E of 1860, to the Theme and Variations, Suite in A, and the Humoresques of 1894. These last three works are his masterpieces for piano, and indeed the Seventh Humoresque in G became very famous due its use in a Joan Crawford film in 1946, and through arrangements by Fritz Kreisler and Art Tatum. The Suite in A, dating from his time in America (where he composed his Ninth Symphony ‘From the New World’) is better known today in its orchestral version.

These CDs contain some wonderful little known music by one the best-loved composers – music that deserves a wider audience.

Other information
- Includes an extensive booklet essay on each work.
- Recent recordings.
- Of interest to lovers of Czech music and piano music in general.
- Little competition in the record catalogue.
- Editor's Choice for Re-issue of the month (Gramophon, March 2011).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Theme
  2. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Variation 1
  3. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Variation 2
  4. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Variation 3
  5. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Variation 4
  6. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Variation 5
  7. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Variation 6
  8. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Variation 7
  9. Theme and Variations, Op. 36: Variation 8
  10. Polka in E Major, B. 3
  11. Silhouetten, Op. 8: I. Allegro con fuoco
  12. Silhouetten, Op. 8: II. Andantino
  13. Silhouetten, Op. 8: III. Allegretto
  14. Silhouetten, Op. 8: IV. Vivace
  15. Silhouetten, Op. 8: V. Presto
  16. Silhouetten, Op. 8: VI. Poco sostenuto
  17. Silhouetten, Op. 8: VII. Allegro
  18. Silhouetten, Op. 8: VIII. Allegretto
  19. Silhouetten, Op. 8: IX. Allegro
  20. Silhouetten, Op. 8: X. Allegretto grazioso
  21. Silhouetten, Op. 8: XI. Allegro moderato
  22. Silhouetten, Op. 8: XII. Allegro con fuoco
  23. Minuet, Op. 28 No. 1 (Moderato)
  24. Minuet, Op. 28 No. 2 (Moderato)
  25. Dumka, Op. 35

Disk 2

  1. Two Furiants, Op. 42: Furiant No. 1 in D Major
  2. Two Furiants, Op. 42: Furiant No. 2 in F Major
  3. Eight Waltzes, Op. 54: Waltz No. 1 in A Major
  4. Eight Waltzes, Op. 54: Waltz No. 2 in A Minor
  5. Eight Waltzes, Op. 54: Waltz No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor
  6. Eight Waltzes, Op. 54: Waltz No. 4 in D-Flat Major
  7. Eight Waltzes, Op. 54: Waltz No. 5 in B-Flat Major
  8. Eight Waltzes, Op. 54: Waltz No. 6 in F Major
  9. Eight Waltzes, Op. 54: Waltz No. 7 in D Minor
  10. Eight Waltzes, Op. 54: Waltz No. 8 in E-Flat Major
  11. Four Eclogues, B. 103: Eclogue No. 1 in F Major
  12. Four Eclogues, B. 103: Eclogue No. 2 in D Major
  13. Four Eclogues, B. 103: Eclogue No. 3 in G Major
  14. Four Eclogues, B. 103: Eclogue No. 4 in E Major
  15. Scottish Dances, Op. 41

Disk 3

  1. Four Album Leaves, B. 109: Album Leave No. 2
  2. Four Album Leaves, B. 109: Album Leave No. 1
  3. Four Album Leaves, B. 109: Album Leave No. 3
  4. Four Album Leaves, B. 109: Album Leave No. 4
  5. Six Piano Pieces, Op. 52: Piano Piece No. 1
  6. Six Piano Pieces, Op. 52: Piano Piece No. 2
  7. Six Piano Pieces, Op. 52: Piano Piece No. 3
  8. Six Piano Pieces, Op. 52: Piano Piece No. 4
  9. Six Piano Pieces, Op. 52: Piano Piece No. 5
  10. Six Piano Pieces, Op. 52: Piano Piece No. 6
  11. Six Mazurkas, Op. 56: Mazurka No. 1
  12. Six Mazurkas, Op. 56: Mazurka No. 2
  13. Six Mazurkas, Op. 56: Mazurka No. 3
  14. Six Mazurkas, Op. 56: Mazurka No. 4
  15. Six Mazurkas, Op. 56: Mazurka No. 5
  16. Six Mazurkas, Op. 56: Mazurka No. 6
  17. Moderato in A Major, B. 116
  18. Question, B. 128a
  19. Impromptu in D Minor, B. 129

Disk 4

  1. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 1, Twilight Way
  2. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 2, Toying
  3. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 3, In the Old Castle
  4. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 4, Spring Song
  5. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 5, Peasant’s Ballad
  6. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 6, Reverie
  7. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 7, Furiant, Op, 85
  8. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 8, Goblins Dance
  9. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 9, Serenade
  10. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 10, Bacchanalia
  11. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 11, Tittle Tattle
  12. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 12, At a Hero’s Grave
  13. Poetic Tone Pictures: No. 13, On the Holy Mount

Disk 5

  1. Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque No. 1 in E-Flat Minor (Vivace)
  2. Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque No. 2 in B Major (Poco andante)
  3. Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque No. 3 in A-Flat Major (Poco andante e molto cantabile)
  4. Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque No. 4 in D Minor (Poco andante)
  5. Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque No. 5 in A Minor (Vivace)
  6. Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque No. 6 in B Major (Poco allegretto)
  7. Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque No. 7 in G-Flat Major (Poco lento e grazioso)
  8. Humoresques, Op. 101: Humoresque No. 8 in B Minor (Poco andante)
  9. Dumka, Op. 12 No. 1
  10. Furiant, Op. 12 No. 2
  11. Two Little Pearls, B. 156: I. Vivace
  12. Two Little Pearls, B. 156: II. Allegretto grazioso
  13. Album Leaf in E-Flat Major, B. 158
  14. Suite in A Major, Op. 98: I. Moderato
  15. Suite in A Major, Op. 98: II. Molto vivace
  16. Suite in A Major, Op. 98: III. Allegretto
  17. Suite in A Major, Op. 98: IV. Andante
  18. Suite in A Major, Op. 98: V. Allegro
  19. Humoresque in F-Sharp Major, B. 138
  20. Lullaby, B. 188
  21. Capriccio, B. 188