LUISE ADOLPHA LE BEAU (1850-1927): Complete Piano Works - 3 Klaverstücke, Op. 1, Original-Thema mit Variationen, Op. 3, Sonata, Op. 8, 8 Préludes, Op. 12, Improvisata, Op. 30, Gavotte, Op. 32, Ballae, Op. 47, 3 Danze antiche, Op. 48, Deutscher Reigen, Op. 49, Trauermarsch, Op. 53, 2 Klaverstücke, Op. 57, Barcarole, Op. 59, Abendklänge, Op. 64.
Catalogue Number: 02M060
Reference: GEN 10177
Description: Well, not really complete: you have to download three items since they wouldn't fit on the CD (79:48). Those of you who have the 1998 recording on Relief will note that it does not contain three items on this new disc (in addition to two of the downloads): Improvisata, Deutscher Reigen and Trauermarsch. A self-admitted arch-conservative, Le Beau's models in her piano pieces are Chopin, Schumann and Mendelssohn, all of whom can be heard clearly especially in the early pieces in this recital. The composer's preference for romantic character pieces and stylized traditional dance forms produce music of consistent songfulness and transparency which will appeal to any dyed-in-the-wool Romantic. Ana-Marija Markovina (piano).