Love and Death | Warner 9029546320

Love and Death

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029546320

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd May 2019



Martin James Bartlett (piano)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
» Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring) (arr. Hess)
Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ' (arr. Busoni)

Granados, Enrique

Goyescas, op.11
» El amor y la muerte

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.4 Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
» no.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
» no.6 Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner), S447
Liebestraume (3), S541
» no.3 Nocturne in A flat major
Widmung (Dedication), op.25 no.1 (Schumann), S566

Prokofiev, Sergei

Piano Sonata no.7 in B flat major, op.83


Martin James Bartlett (piano)


With his debut album, Love and Death, the young British pianist Martin James Bartlett takes on epic themes, expressed in works by Prokofiev, Bach, Liszt, Schumann, Wagner and Granados.

Since his 2014 victory in BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Martin James Bartlett has built a considerable international reputation. “Love and Death”, with its imaginatively conceived programme, gives proof of his artistic range.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have signed with Warner Classics and to release my debut album Love and Death,” he says. “These are two elemental themes that have inspired breathtaking masterpieces from poets and composers for centuries. My album will feature gloriously beautiful music by Bach, Schumann, Wagner, Liszt and Granados, culminating with an impassioned and fiery ‘War’ Sonata of Prokofiev and I can't wait to share it with everyone.”

In creating the programme, Bartlett’s starting point was Liszt’s transcription of Schumann’s passionate song “Widmung” (“Dedication”), set to a poem by Friedrich Rückert. “It is a love song that also speaks of death,” he explains, “and it concludes with a quote from Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’, introducing the idea of heavenly love.” These themes are explored throughout the album.

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