Beethoven - The Creatures of Prometheus (arr. for piano), ‘Eroica’ Variations | Heritage HTGCD187

Beethoven - The Creatures of Prometheus (arr. for piano), ‘Eroica’ Variations

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Label: Heritage

Cat No: HTGCD187

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 8th June 2018

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To mark the 70th birthday of Leslie Howard, Heritage presents a new CD of works by Beethoven, featuring the first complete recording of the composer’s own piano transcription of his ballet music The Creatures of Prometheus. Howard, known for his performances and recordings of transcriptions by Liszt, is the perfect artist to commit this repertoire to disc. It appears in an ideal coupling with Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ or ‘Prometheus’ Variations, op.35.

Leslie Howard, made his debut at the incredible age of 13, with Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2 and made his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1967. Born in Australia, he has been resident in London since 1972 and has toured extensively in Europe and Australia, acquiring a reputation as a virtuoso artist who was nonetheless guided by a scholarly mind.  He is widely known as a specialist in the music of Franz Liszt. He recently completed one of the largest recording projects ever undertaken by a recording artist - that of the complete music for solo piano of Liszt, including all versions of his piano music and also the arrangements of other composers' work. Leslie Howard teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and gives master-classes at London's Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music. He is also frequently invited to sit on the juries of music competitions, such as the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, and the Royal Overseas League's annual music competition. Despite his close identification with the music of Liszt, he is also renowned for performance of the music of Beethoven and has recorded works by such other composers as Franck, Rubinstein, and his fellow countryman Percy Grainger.

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