THE GODOWSKY EDITION, VOLUME 7: TRANSCRIPTIONS AND PARAPHRASES, ALBENIZ TO RICHARD STRAUSS. ALBENIZ-GODOWSKY: Triana from Iberia, Book II, No. 3 (concert arrangement); Tango in D, Op. 165 No. 2 (concert version). BIZET-GODOWSKY: Adagietto from L’Arlésienne. BOHM-GODOWSKY: Calm As The Night (Still wie die Nacht). KREISLER-GODOWSKY: Rondino on a theme by Beethoven. SAINT-SAËNS-GODOWSKY: The Swan. STRAUSS-GODOWSKY: Ständchen (Serenade), Op. 17 No. 2. GODOWSKY: Symphonische Metamorphosen Johann Strauss’cher Themen, Drei Walzer-paraphrasen für das Pianoforte zum Concert Vortrag: Künstlerleben; Die Fledermaus; Wein, Weib und Gesang. Total time: 65:37. DDD. UPC # 0-17685-12592-8.
BUZZ: Transcription is the genre most generously represented in Godowsky’s compositional output, and the one for which he is best known; he made piano transcriptions (and études), of various kinds, from works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, and others. But he also left another body of works whose originality and coherence continue to surprise: his piano paraphrases. This album features virtuosic “re-compositions” by several 19th and 20th century composers, some quite faithful to the originals, others deviating drastically from their sources. Carlo Grante’s first six volumes of The Godowsky Edition have received world-wide acclaim.
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