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Frank Merrick: A Recorded Legacy

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Label: Nimbus

Cat No: NI8820

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 2nd November 2018

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2, BWV870-893
» no.11 in F major, BWV880

Bax, Arnold

A hill tune
Burlesque
Lullaby
Moy Mell 'The Pleasant Plain, an Irish Tone Poem'
Paean
Piano Sonata no.1 in F sharp minor
Piano Sonata no.2 in G major
Piano Sonata no.3 in G sharp minor
Piano Sonata no.4 in G major

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Andante favori in F, WoO57
Piano Sonata no.27 in E minor, op.90

Brahms, Johannes

Rhapsodies (2), op.79
» no.1 in B minor

Cabezon, Antonio de

Diferencias sobre el Canto del Caballero

Chopin, Frederic

Berceuse in D flat major, op.57

Debussy, Claude

Estampes (3)
» no.3 Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.5 Les collines d'Anacapri
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.7 La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune

Field, John

Cavatina in E major 'Reviens, reviens', H53
Divertissement no.2 in A major, H14
Nocturnes (18)
» no.2 in C minor, H25
Piano Sonata in E flat major, op.1 no.1
» II Rondo

Granados, Enrique

Goyescas
» no.1 Los requiebros

Ireland, John

Preludes (4)
» no.1 The Undertone

Leschetitzky, Theodor

Souvenirs d'Italie, op.39
» no.3 Canzonetta toscana all'antica (Firenze)

Merrick, Frank

An Ocean Lullaby
Bonny Blue Bell: Variations on a Somerset folk song
Esperanto Poems (8)
» no.3 Nego
» no.4 Memnon
» no.6 La Hirundoj
» no.7 Tagomezo
» no.8 Oktobro
Hares on the Mountains
Movements (2) in symphonic form (completion of Schubert's Symphony no.8)
Piano Concerto no.2
» Seascape

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Rawsthorne, Alan

Romantic Pieces (4)

Reger, Max

Aus meinem Tagebuch, op.82
» Book 1: no.3 Andante sostenuto
» Book 1: no.5 Moderato
» Book 2: no.1 Allegretto con grazia
» Book 3: no.4 Romanze. Andante sostenuto
» Book 3: no.6 Humoreske
Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue, op.96
Variations and Fugue on a theme of J S Bach, op.81

Schubert, Franz

Adagio in E major, D612
Impromptus (4), op.142 D935
» no.1 in F minor
Piano Sonata no.16 in A minor, D845

Schutt, Eduard

Valse mignonne

Soler, Antonio

Keyboard Sonata in C sharp minor, R21

Squire, Hope

Variations on 'Black Eyed Susan'

Artists

Frank Merrick (piano)
Michael Round (piano)
Sybil Michelow (mezzo-soprano)
The St Cecilia Orchestra

Conductor

Trevor Harvey

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2, BWV870-893
» no.11 in F major, BWV880

Bax, Arnold

A hill tune
Burlesque
Lullaby
Moy Mell 'The Pleasant Plain, an Irish Tone Poem'
Paean
Piano Sonata no.1 in F sharp minor
Piano Sonata no.2 in G major
Piano Sonata no.3 in G sharp minor
Piano Sonata no.4 in G major

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Andante favori in F, WoO57
Piano Sonata no.27 in E minor, op.90

Brahms, Johannes

Rhapsodies (2), op.79
» no.1 in B minor

Cabezon, Antonio de

Diferencias sobre el Canto del Caballero

Chopin, Frederic

Berceuse in D flat major, op.57

Debussy, Claude

Estampes (3)
» no.3 Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.5 Les collines d'Anacapri
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.7 La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune

Field, John

Cavatina in E major 'Reviens, reviens', H53
Divertissement no.2 in A major, H14
Nocturnes (18)
» no.2 in C minor, H25
Piano Sonata in E flat major, op.1 no.1
» II Rondo

Granados, Enrique

Goyescas
» no.1 Los requiebros

Ireland, John

Preludes (4)
» no.1 The Undertone

Leschetitzky, Theodor

Souvenirs d'Italie, op.39
» no.3 Canzonetta toscana all'antica (Firenze)

Merrick, Frank

An Ocean Lullaby
Bonny Blue Bell: Variations on a Somerset folk song
Esperanto Poems (8)
» no.3 Nego
» no.4 Memnon
» no.6 La Hirundoj
» no.7 Tagomezo
» no.8 Oktobro
Hares on the Mountains
Movements (2) in symphonic form (completion of Schubert's Symphony no.8)
Piano Concerto no.2
» Seascape

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Rawsthorne, Alan

Romantic Pieces (4)

Reger, Max

Aus meinem Tagebuch, op.82
» Book 1: no.3 Andante sostenuto
» Book 1: no.5 Moderato
» Book 2: no.1 Allegretto con grazia
» Book 3: no.4 Romanze. Andante sostenuto
» Book 3: no.6 Humoreske
Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue, op.96
Variations and Fugue on a theme of J S Bach, op.81

Schubert, Franz

Adagio in E major, D612
Impromptus (4), op.142 D935
» no.1 in F minor
Piano Sonata no.16 in A minor, D845

Schutt, Eduard

Valse mignonne

Soler, Antonio

Keyboard Sonata in C sharp minor, R21

Squire, Hope

Variations on 'Black Eyed Susan'

Artists

Frank Merrick (piano)
Michael Round (piano)
Sybil Michelow (mezzo-soprano)
The St Cecilia Orchestra

Conductor

Trevor Harvey

About

A selection of the best performances transferred from the ‘Frank Merrick Society’ and the ‘Rare Recorded Edition’ LPs of the 1960s.

Frank Merrick (1886-1981) was a tireless champion of the causes in which he believed and these causes extended well beyond the field of music. Although his name is associated with the piano music of a range of composers as diverse as John Field and Prokofiev, Schubert and Arnold Bax, he also campaigned with the suffragettes, was imprisoned during the First World War as a Conscientious Objector and over many years advocated the use of the universal language Esperanto. Between 1898-1901 Frank Merrick studied in Vienna with the celebrated teacher, Theodor Leschetizky, and he made his London debut aged 16 in 1903.

Beginning in 1961 (at the age of 75) and extending through to the early 1970s Frank Merrick recorded important works from his recital repertoire, and much else besides. These recordings, although fully intended for publication, and reviewed in various periodicals at the time of release, were nonetheless a largely private venture. The recollection of Frank Merrick’s family is that fewer than 100 copies of each LP were produced. During the initial phase of this project Nimbus was fortunate to be able to find all of the FMS titles and all but two of the RRE titles. This selection presents the strongest performances and the best recorded sound available to us.

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