The Maiden’s Prayer and other gems from an old piano stool | Hyperion - Helios CDH55410

The Maiden’s Prayer and other gems from an old piano stool

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55410

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th February 2012



Philip Martin (piano)


Badarczewska-Baranowska, Tekla

The Maiden's Prayer

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Minuets (6), WoO10
» no.2 in G major

Durand, Marie Auguste

Premiere valse, op.83

Dvorak, Antonin

Humoresques (8), op.101 B187
» no.7 in G flat major

Fibich, Zdenek

Moods, impressions and reminiscences, op.41
» no.14 Poeme

Grieg, Edvard

Lyric Pieces: Book 5 (6), op.54
» no.4 Nocturne

Grunfeld, Alfred

Romanze, op.45 no.1

Handel, George Frideric

Keyboard Suite no.5 in E major, HWV430 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'
» IV Air and Variations 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'

Herbert, Victor

La coquette: valse brillante

MacDowell, Edward

To a wild rose, op.51 no.1

Mason, William

Silver Spring, op.6

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 5, op.62
» no.6 in A major 'Fruhlingslied' (Spring Song)

Moszkowski, Moritz

Pieces (6), op.15
» no.1 Serenata

Nevin, Ethelbert

Narcissus, op.13 no.4

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

Humoresques de concert, op.14
» no.1 Minuet in G major

Palmgren, Selim

May Night

Paradisi, Pietro Domenico

Keyboard Sonata no.6 in A major
» II Toccata

Pieczonka, Albert

Salon Dances (10)
» no.1 Tarantella in A minor

Poldini, Ede

Marionnettes (7)
» no.2 Poupee valsante

Raff, Joachim

La Fileuse, op.157 no.2

Rubinstein, Anton

Melodies (2), op.3
» no.1 in F major

Sibelius, Jean

Pieces (5), op.75 'The Trees'
» no.5 The spruce tree

Sinding, Christian

Pieces (6), op.32
» no.3 Rustle of Spring

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Morceaux (12), op.40
» no.2 Chanson triste


Philip Martin (piano)


None of us can deny that they have fallen prey to the lure of a junk shop or of the chaotic mysteries of an attic, and sometimes purchasers of an old wardrobe or chest of drawers find there a bundle of treasure left behind … well, the spirit of ‘What have we here?’ permeates the adventures captured on this album.

Salon music had its heyday on record in the era of 78s, since the length of a side suited it so well, and for that reason some titles - such as Rubinstein’s Melody in F and Paderewski’s Minuet in G - may be familiar, but there are ‘finds’ to be had in any such compilation.

This is music on which most aspiring pianists have cut their teeth, giving them as it does both the satisfaction of mastering a complete piece without straining their technique (well, mostly) as well as the backbone of a repertoire that makes for a welcome family evening around the piano; alas for us all that we cannot offer renderings of such sympathetic finesse and lyrical elegance as are here set down by Philip Martin ‘at home’ and off-duty from his award-winning complete Gottschalk recordings on Hyperion.

You may wonder when you last heard such beguiling, fine-toned fluency … this is a delectable disc finely recorded’ - Gramophone

‘This repertoire is as delightful to listen to as it is to play … perfect evening listening’ - Classic FM Magazine

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