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Tributes by John Clegg

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On this CD, John Clegg plays the Six Polish Songs of Chopin by Franz Liszt. These are seldom encountered transcriptions Liszt made as a tribute to Chopin between 1847 and 1860 during his time at Weimar. John Clegg brings to them an elegance and beauty typical of Chopin and in the last song a gusto typical of Liszt.

The English composer Adrian Self was born in 1952. (His roots are in the South West of England). His preludes written in 1999 are dedicated to John Clegg who plays them with great delicacy and fluency. These tributes to various composers include Shostakovich, Chopin and Bach, each a composer of at least one set of keyboard preludes.The observant listener might enjoy trying to spot the brief cameo appearances of Rachmaninov, Britten, Berkeley and Warlock amongst others.

The Poulenc suite Les Soirées de Nazelles are tributes (or portraits) dedicated ‘to the memory of my aunt Liénard, as a souvenir of Nazelles’, a place in the country where, during long and happy evenings, he would improvise at the piano, friends gathered around in the convivial atmosphere, a window open to the summer air. The work was started in 1930 but Poulenc amended and added to it until October 1936 and it was published the following year.

 

Track Listing

Franz Liszt  1811-1886
Six Polish Songs Edition Peters (1860)
1 A Maiden’s Wish 4:14
2 Spring 2:33
3 The Little Ring 2:07
4 Bacchanal 1:45
5 My Joys 4:03
6 Homecoming 1:58
Adrian Self b. 1952
Twenty Four Preludes Animus (1999)
7 Prelude No 1 1:17
8 Prelude No 2 0:39
9 Prelude No 3 0:48
10 Prelude No 4 1:19
11 Prelude No 5 0:52
12 Prelude No 6 1:20
13 Prelude No 7 0:34
14 Prelude No 8 2:04
15 Prelude No 9 0:45
16 Prelude No 10 1:13
17 Prelude No 11 1:48
18 Prelude No 12 0:49
19 Prelude No 13 1:37
20 Prelude No 14 1:19
21 Prelude No 15 1:06
22 Prelude No 16 0:56
23 Prelude No 17 2:13
24 Prelude No 18 0:58
25 Prelude No 19 1:14
26 Prelude No 20 1:09
27 Prelude No 21 0:51
28 Prelude No 22 1:47
29 Prelude No 23 1:03
30 Prelude No 24 0:54
Francis Poulenc 1899-1963
Les Soirées des Nazelles Éditions Durand Musicales, Paris (1937)
31 Préambule 2:23
32 Cadence 1:09
33 Le combule de la distinction 1:23
34 Le cœur sur la main 2:54
35 La désinvolture et la discrétion 1:20
36 La suite dans les idées 1:51
37 Le charme enjôleur 2:20
38 Le contentement de soi 1:18
39 Le goût du malheur 2:45
40 L’alerte vieillesse 1:22
41 Cadence 1:42
42 Final 4:08
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