Josef Holbrooke - Music for Piano Vol.2 | Cameo Classics CC9036CD

Josef Holbrooke - Music for Piano Vol.2

Label: Cameo Classics

Cat No: CC9036CD

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd June 2014

Contents

Works

Holbrooke, Joseph

Celtic Suite, op.72
Nocturnes (8) for piano, op.121
» no.3 Juliet
» no.5 Bridal Ballad
» no.6 Bronwen
» no.7 Ariel
» no.8 Ulalume
Rhapsodie Etudes (10), op.42
» no.5 Une nuit tenebreuse
» no.6 Nocturne le soir
» no.7 Toccata
» no.8 Fantoches
» no.9 Valse Fantaisie
Talsarnau (Concert Valse), op.79

Artists

Panagiotis Trochopoulos (piano)

Works

Holbrooke, Joseph

Celtic Suite, op.72
Nocturnes (8) for piano, op.121
» no.3 Juliet
» no.5 Bridal Ballad
» no.6 Bronwen
» no.7 Ariel
» no.8 Ulalume
Rhapsodie Etudes (10), op.42
» no.5 Une nuit tenebreuse
» no.6 Nocturne le soir
» no.7 Toccata
» no.8 Fantoches
» no.9 Valse Fantaisie
Talsarnau (Concert Valse), op.79

Artists

Panagiotis Trochopoulos (piano)

About

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Joseph Charles Holbrooke was born in 1878 and his earliest grounding in music came from his father (also Joseph), a fine pianist and a touring musician in the music halls. Holbrooke junior later adopted the German spelling of his name, and most (but by no means all) of his works were published under that appellation, as were many of his articles and other publications.

In 1893, when he was fifteen, Holbrooke’s father decided he had nothing more to teach him and entered him as a student at the Royal Academy of Music. Here he won many honours and wrote some fine music, despite finding himself not infrequently at loggerheads with this tutors. In 1900, after Augustus Manns gave the first performance of Holbrooke’s tone poem 'The Raven' at one of his Saturday Afternoon Concerts at Crystal Palace, his career began to take off.

From 1897 to 1899 pieces for solo piano, or violin and piano flowed from his pen. Some were written for the leading soloists of the day but many were ‘bread and butter’ offerings designed for his pupils.

However, it is not until we reach Op.42 that we discover a really important piano work by Holbrooke: the set of Ten Rhapsodie-Etudes. Some of these, it is true, are reminiscent of the sort of virtuoso studies produced by Henselt or Moscheles in the mid-19th century, but others are more contemporary in style.

One of the most impressive of Holbrooke’s piano works in a more modern idiom is Barrage, composed at the end of the First World War.

Panagiotis Trochopoulos was born in Greece in 1982. He was a student of the legendary virtuoso pianist Nikolai Petrov at Moscow Conservatory and graduated in May 2006. His repertoire includes 15 solo programmes and 30 concertos for piano and orchestra, including the complete concertos of Rachmaninov, the Busoni Piano Concerto and concertos by Prokofiev, Brahms and Liszt.

Trochopoulos has performed in the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Greece and the United States of America.

In November 2011 he took part in the very special ‘Musicians for Peace’ concert at Moscow’s Church of Christ the Saviour and was chosen to participate in a gala concert tribute to Marc-Andre Hamelin as one of the ‘new stars of the Russian piano school’ in Moscow’s House of Music. In 2013 he gave the Russian premiere of Alkan’s monumental Concerto for Solo Piano in the Tchaikovsky Museum in Moscow.

His CDs for Cameo Classics are mainly world premiere recordings, including the piano concerto by Pavel Pabst.

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