PAUL JUON (1872-1940): Piano Music, Vol. 1 - 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 65, Intime Harmonieen - 12 Impromptus, Op. 30, 9 Moments Lyriques, Op. 56.
Catalogue Number: 08T007
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0290
Description: The first all-piano Juon release brings us music which shows a much closer connection to Medtner than do many of the composer’s chamber and symphonic works. And yet it’s never just “sounds like Medtner”; Juon was living in a turbulent time swirling with different musical styles and many of them were assimilated in these groups of short piecees from 1905, 1913 and 1915: German Late Romanticism, French Impressionism, Russian interest in folk music from the Caucasus and more eastern regions. It all flavors some delicious music and the pianist’s excellent notes go into Juon’s unique synthesis of styles in absorbing depth. Let’s hope this series continues with all due speed! Rodolfo Ritter (piano).