Rhapsody in Blue
Catalog Number: J107

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ARTISTS
Frederick Moyer, PIANIST
 
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REPERTOIRE
 
Henselt: Préambule in E-flat Major
Schubert: Impromptu in E-flat Major Op. 90 No. 2
 
Henselt: Préambule in A Minor
Beethoven: Für Elise
 
Henselt: Préambule in C Major
Chopin: Etude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1
Chopin: Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3
 
Henselt: Préambule in C-sharp Minor
Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor Op. 39
 
Henselt: Préambule in F Major
Rubinstein: Melody in F
 
Henselt: Préambule in D Minor
Tchaikovsky: Autumn Song from "The Seasons"
 
Henselt: Préambule in E Major
Tchaikovsky: Troika from "The Seasons"
 
Henselt: Préambule in G Major
Saint-Saëns: The Swan from "Carnival of the Animals"
 
Henselt: Préambule in A-flat Major
Debussy: Clair de Lune from "Suite Bergamasque"
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
 
Henselt: Préambule in E-flat Major
Arr. Percy Grainger: Irish Tune from Country Derry (Danny Boy)
 
In this program of familiar classics, ten of the works are preceded by preambules by Adolf von Henselt (1814 - 1889). A delightful genre that has faded from use during this century, a preambule (often called "prelude"), was a very short piece played before a larger work to prepare the listener for the tonality and mood to follow. These miniatures were improvised or composed to sound improvised. The practice of performing preambules is old, the earliest written examples dating back to the 15th century. Preambules were in vogue among pianists throughout the Classical and Romantic eras. Mozart wrote four of them (Capriccio, K. 395); Moscheles, fifty; Clementi, at least thirty; and Hummel, twenty-four. Among the most beautiful and effective is Henselt's set of twenty-four which covers all major and minor keys. 
 
“His Rhapsody in Blue is genuinely rhapsodic, as good as any performance I know.” AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

“A gem for sure. It is one of my most listened to CDs and Moyer's technique and especially his mastery of the expression and feel of each composer is unequalled by anyone. Cliburn and Rubinstein move over.” AMAZON.COM REVIEW