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DAME MYRA HESS PLAYS the ROMANTICS



Myra Hess plays the Romantics with the authority of a great master.  She has power, delicacy, sensitivity, an unerring sense of rhythm and style, and the technical prowess required to combine them all into what will doubtless sound to you like a perfect rendition of every piece on this page.

As the below recordings move from Schubert sonatas, to Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, to Chopin, then matchless Schumann and Brahms, you might wonder if it was not she who actually wrote the music.

Then come the great colorists, MacDowell, Debussy, Granados, Ravel, and Griffes requiring a very different approach.  This is visual music, and Hess plays it with the richest of color palettes.

At the end of this page is a four-hand delight by Gabriel Pierné performed with Harold Bauer.  I do not know who plays Primo, but the two pianists are so beautifully matched, it does not matter to one's enjoyment of the piece.

To hear Myra Hess perform the great works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Franck for piano and orchestra go to Hess plays Concerti.



Schubert "Rosamunde" (arr Ganz)

recorded in 1928




Schubert  Piano Sonata 13 in A major, D 664 (Op 120)

recorded in 1928


i Allegro moderato



ii Andante



iii Allegro




Schubert  Piano Sonata 21 in B major, D 960

i Molto moderato
13:16ii Andante sostenuto
22:24
➢ iii Scherzo - Allegro vivace con delicatezza - Trio
26:11 ➢ iv Allegro ma non troppo

recorded in 1949




Mendelssohn  Songs without Words
in A major, Op 38~6 "Duetto"
02:42 ➢ in C major, Op 67~4 "Spinning Song"

recorded in 1929




Chopin  Fantaisie in F minor, Op 49




Chopin  Nocturnes


5 in F sharp major, Op 15~2
recorded in 1928



13 in C Minor, Op 48~1
broadcast live in 1948




Chopin  Waltz 1 in E major, Op 18

recorded live in 1949



Schumann  Carnaval, Op 9

1 Préambule - 2 Pierrot - 3 Arlequin - 4 Valse noble - 5 Eusebius - 6 Florestan - 7 Coquette
8 Réplique - 9 Papillons  - 10 Lettres dansantes - 11 Chiarina -12 Chopin  - 13 Estrella
14
Reconnaissance  - 15 Pantalon et Colombine  - 16 Valse allemande - 17 Paganini  - 18 Aveu
19
Promenade - 20 Pause -21 Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins

recorded in 1938



Schumann   Symphonic Etudes, Op 13

recorded in 1954


1 - 8



9 - 12




Schumann  7 "Vogel als Prophet" from Waldszenen, Op 82




Brahms  Waltz in A major, Op Op 39~15



Brahms  from 8 Klavierstücke, Op 76

recorded in 1928


2 Capriccio in B minor



3 Intermezzo in A major




Brahms  Intermezzo in E major, Op 117~1
04:50
Capriccio in D minor, Op 116~7

recorded in 1941




Brahms  Intermezzo in C major, Op 119~3

recorded in 1941




MacDowell  3 A.D. MDCXX from Sea Pieces, Op 55




Debussy  3 Poissons d'Or from Images Set II (1907)




Debussy  Préludes, Livre  I (1909-1910)


8
La fille aux cheveux de lin -
Très calme et doucement expressif
02:27
12 Minstrels - Modéré
recorded in 1928



10 La cathédrale engloutie - Profondément calme
Duo-Art piano roll




Granados  Quejas Ó "La Maja Y El Ruiseñor" from Goyescas

recorded in 1958




Ravel  Pavane pour une infante défunte

recorded in 1928




Selim Gustaf Adolf Palmgren (1878-1951)  "Cradle Song"




Griffes  "The White Peacock"

recorded in 1928




Howard Ferguson (1908-1999)  Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 8 (1938-1940)
"To the memory of Harold Samuel"

i Lento. Allegro inquieto
08:26ii Poco adagio
14:56iii Allegro non troppo

recorded in 1943




Pierné  "March Of The Little Lead Soldiers" Op 28
with Harold Bauer

Duo-Art piano roll










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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