Four Elements Vol.1: Water | Orchid Classics ORC100092

Four Elements Vol.1: Water

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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100092

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th November 2018

Contents

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Barcarolle in F sharp major, op.60

Faure, Gabriel

Barcarolles (13)
» no.5 in F sharp minor, op.66
» no.10 in A minor, op.104 no.2
» no.11 in G minor, op.105

Fujikura, Dai

Waves

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 3rd Year, S163
» no.4 Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este
Ballade no.2 in B minor, S171
Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner), S447

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 1, op.19b
» no.6 in G minor 'Venetianisches Gondellied' (Venetian Boat Song)
Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 2, op.30
» no.6 in F sharp minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied no.2'
Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 5, op.62
» no.5 in A minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied' (Venetian Boat Song)

Ravel, Maurice

Jeux d'eau

Takemitsu, Toru

Rain Tree Sketch II
Rain Tree Sketch

Artists

Yu Kosuge (piano)

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Barcarolle in F sharp major, op.60

Faure, Gabriel

Barcarolles (13)
» no.5 in F sharp minor, op.66
» no.10 in A minor, op.104 no.2
» no.11 in G minor, op.105

Fujikura, Dai

Waves

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 3rd Year, S163
» no.4 Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este
Ballade no.2 in B minor, S171
Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner), S447

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 1, op.19b
» no.6 in G minor 'Venetianisches Gondellied' (Venetian Boat Song)
Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 2, op.30
» no.6 in F sharp minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied no.2'
Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 5, op.62
» no.5 in A minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied' (Venetian Boat Song)

Ravel, Maurice

Jeux d'eau

Takemitsu, Toru

Rain Tree Sketch II
Rain Tree Sketch

Artists

Yu Kosuge (piano)

About

Celebrated Japanese pianist Yu Kosuge embarks on an exciting project: four releases inspired by the Greek concept of the four elements, Water, Fire, Air, Earth. Many composers have been drawn to the properties of these elements when seeking inspiration for their music, but Kosuge’s theme goes deeper, dating back to her successful Beethoven cycle: “When you understand that Shakespeare’s plays, read ardently by Beethoven, refer to Greek mythology, or that Beethoven himself composed some works based on the Prometheus myth, you would know that an artist who is searching for human nature would surely look to Greek mythology or philosophy...”

In Water, Yu Kosuge interprets a rich array of repertoire, from Liszt and Wagner to acclaimed contemporary composer Dai Fujikura. The ‘barcarolle’ takes its rocking rhythms from the motion of a boat: we hear examples by Chopin and Fauré, as well as Venetian Gondola ‘Songs Without Words’ by Mendelssohn.

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