FRANZ REIZENSTEIN (1911-1968): Suite, Op. 6, Impromptu, Op. 14, Scherzo in A, Op. 20, Intermezzo, Op. 17, Sonata No. 1 in B, Op. 19, Legend, Op. 24, Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 26, 12 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 32, Variations on "The Lambeth Walk", Zodiac, Op. 41, 5 Modern Pieces, Sonata No. 2 in A Flat, Op. 40, MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006)/REIZENSTEIN: English Dances, Opp. 27 & 33 for Piano Duet (Adrian Farmer [duet]).
Catalogue Number: 12Q046
Description: The biggest release yet of music by this Austrian Jewish refugee, student of both Hindemith and Vaughan Williams with several major works: the first sonata of 1944 was his first major piano work, and has an air of Germanic, Beethovenian seriousness and weight, with an intensity which strains at the boundaries of the classical forms employed (sonata-allegro, rondo, fugue) while the Preludes and Fugues (66 minutes) of 1953/54 were inspired by his teacher's Ludus Tonalis. A 12-movement suite, 1964's Zodiac is a 23-minute compendium of pianistic and compositional techniques which, starting from Aries and ending in Leo, increases in complexity and expressive power. From the same year, the Second sonata is notable for its elegiac slow movement and perpetuum mobile finale. Plenty to enjoy among the shorter works too in this generously filled release containing just under four hours of music. 3 CDs. Martin Jones (piano).