History of the Salon: Morceaux caracteristiques (1823-1913) | First Hand Records FHR080

History of the Salon: Morceaux caracteristiques (1823-1913)


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Label: First Hand Records

Cat No: FHR080

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 10th July 2020



Vaughan Jones (violin)
Marcus Price (piano)


Braga, Gaetano

La Serenata (arr. Adolf Pollitzer)

d'Ambrosio, Alfredo

Aria, op.22
Serenade in D major, op.4

Drdla, Frantisek

Serenade no.1 in A major

Godard, Benjamin

Concerto Romantique, op.35
» Canzonetta (arr. Benjamin Godard)

Granados, Enrique

Danzas espanolas (12), op.37
» no2 Orientale (arr. Vaughan Jones)

Hollander, Benoit

Mazurek in E major, op.25

Laub, Ferdinand

Morceaux (4), op.12
» no.1 Canzonetta in B minor

Moszkowski, Moritz

Piano Pieces (2), op.45
» no.2 Guitarre (arr. Sarasate for violin and piano)
Piano Pieces (5), op.18
» no.1 Melodie in F major (arr. Friedrich Herman)

Paganini, Nicolo

Cantabile e Valtz in E major, op.19 MS45

Raff, Joachim

Morceaux (6), op.85
» no.3 Cavatina in D major
Suite de morceaux pour les petites mains, op.75
» no.5 Apres le coucher du soleil (arr. Friedrich Hermann)

Schubert, Francois

Bagatelles, op.13
» no.3 Allegretto gracioso
» no.4 Allegretto agitato
» no.8 Le Desir
» no.9 L'Abeille
» no.12 Barcarola

Sgambati, Giovanni

Serenata napoletana, op.24 no.2

Spohr, Louis

Salonstucke (6), op.135
» no.1 Barcarole in G major

Vecsey, Franz von

Valse triste

Zarzycki, Aleksander

Mazurka in E major, op.39
Mazurka in G major, op.26


Vaughan Jones (violin)
Marcus Price (piano)


A fascinating and varied selection of 23 treasures (includes premiere recordings), written for violin and piano spanning nearly a hundred years.

Many of the pieces on this album were highly popular in the early days of acoustic recordings, but have now almost completely fallen out of fashion. Revisiting these brilliantly written pieces gives the listener a deeper understanding of popular musical styles and tastes in the 19th century. Although the word salon derives from a room in a domestic dwelling (in 1836, Robert Schumann referred to Salonmusik – a term he incidentally coined – as a ‘combination of sentiment and piano passage’), it also came to refer to private gatherings of composers and well-to-do members of society congregated in order to appreciate musical performances of a shorter and more varied nature, as distinct from those of longer chamber works.

The charming, off-the-cuff pieces that so delighted audiences up until relatively recently seem to have faded away with the last performers of the romantic tradi on. This album serves to illuminate the brilliant music that many of these underrated yet highly talented 19th-century composers gave us.

‘... played with a purity, profundity and sense of dramatic architecture that truly stops you in your tracks. Really, bravo.’  –Gramophone, ‘Editor’s Choice’ – (Vilsmayr - Partitas, FHR038)

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