Czerny - Romantic Piano Fantasies on Sir Walter Scott’s Novels | Naxos 8579099

Czerny - Romantic Piano Fantasies on Sir Walter Scott’s Novels


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8579099

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 10th September 2021



Carl Czerny’s instructional exercises may be his lasting legacy but there remain numerous largely forgotten pieces that reveal important elements of his compositional range. The four Romantic Fantasies named after Sir Walter Scott’s famous Waverley novels are piano duets of epic breadth. In them Czerny ingeniously develops popular Scottish melodies, including the use of the ‘Scotch snap’, to generate a vivid programmatic quality that explores numerous genres. Scherzos, fugal passages, chorales and marches are all featured, and raise the music – full of beauty, virtuosity and unpredictability – to orchestral proportions.

Pianist Samuel Gingher’s research interests include historical piano improvisation pedagogy (with particular interest in Carl Czerny’s contributions). He has recorded Czerny trios for Naxos on 8573848: ‘Samuel Gingher, pianist and producer, is clearly the star here. His limpid scales glitter and sparkle, and he brings the music to life with impeccable phrasing. Excellent sound. All in all, this is an enjoyable disc’ (American Record Guide).

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