JAN VAN GILSE (1881-1944): Piano Concerto “3 Tanzskizzen”, Variations on a Saint-Nicolas Song.

Catalogue Number: 05R003

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 934-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: The “Dance Sketches” apparently date from 1927, may not ever have been titled “Piano Concerto” and total 42 minutes (I say “apparently” and “may” because, I hope merely due to error, the notes for the works are only in German and Dutch even though the fine biography from previous issues in this series is still there in its excellent English translation). These are basically symphonic paraphrases for piano and orchestra of different musical genres, titled Tempo di Menuetto moderato, Hommage à Johann Strauss and Quasi Jazz, the longest being the 18-minute Strauss homage. But these waltzes are more Paris/Ravel than Vienna/Strauss Family and the minuet segment is also harmonically updated. The coupling is a 21-minute set of variations on a Dutch childrens’ song dating from 1909 where the young composer gives free rein to his late Romantic orchestral skills. Oliver Triendl (piano), Netherlands Symphony Orchestra; David Porcelijn.

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