Czerny’s Walter Scott Fantasies For Piano Duet

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Assessment by: Jed Distler

Inventive High quality: 9

Sound High quality: 9

Carl Czerny’s repute as an industrious creator of piano workout routines overshadows his equally prolific compositional output, together with these beforehand unrecorded epic-length piano duet fantasies impressed by Sir Walter Scott’s novels. They respectively draw inspiration from the novels Waverley, Man Mannering, Ivanhoe, and Rob Roy.

Though Czerny makes use of Scottish folks songs and dances for a lot of his fundamental materials (such because the so-called “Scottish Snap” dotted rhythm), the tuneful enchantment and technical fluency of his keyboard writing is extra in keeping with Weber and Schubert. Of the 4 works, Rob Roy incorporates the darkest and most dramatic writing, whereas Man Mannering’s exuberance and full-bodied textures evoke extra of an orchestra than a piano in a salon.

To make sure, Czerny’s loose-limbed sense of type doesn’t put on effectively should you try to take heed to all 4 fantasies in succession; higher to soak up them one by one. The Wang/Gingher duo infuses these works with finely-honed ensemble values, skilled pacing, and tasteful virtuosic élan. Gingher’s informative booklet notes and Naxos’ high quality sonics add additional worth to a launch that every one piano duet followers ought to examine.

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  • Pei-I Wang & Samuel Gingher (piano duet)

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