Le Prophète - Works for Four Hands (SACD)
Le Prophète – Works for Four Hands (SACD)

Composer: Giacomo Meyerbeer, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Ignaz Moscheles
Performer: Erin Helyard, Stephanie McCallum
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: DSD64 (dsf tracks)
Label: trptk
Release: 2016
Size: 2.68 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Giacomo Meyerbeer
Le Prophète (ca. 1850)
01. Ouverture

Charles-Valentin Alkan
Neuf Préludes, Op. 66 (1867, arr. 1906)
02. Prlude No. 1 – Moderamente
03. Prlude No. 2 – Andantino
04. Prlude No. 3 – Allegro Moderato
05. Prlude No. 4 – Tempo Giusto
06. Prlude No. 5 – Quasi Adagio
07. Prlude No. 6 – Andantino
08. Prlude No. 7 – Alla Giudesca
09. Prlude No. 8 – Lento
10. Prlude No. 9 – Adagio

Ignaz Moscheles
Hommage à Weber, Op. 102 (1842)
11. I. Allegro Vivace
12. II. Andantino Con Moto
13. III. Allegro Vivace

The only way to listen to the latest symphony or opera in the nineteenth century was to either seek out a live performance or perform it at home with a piano partner, à quatre mains. Thus, an enormous amount of four-hand literature abounds from the 1820s to the 1930s. Works in transcription largely dominate this repertoire: operas, symphonies, and chamber works were adapted en masse for four hands by skilled and not so skilled musicians alike. But there were also works freshly composed in the medium, and four-handed playing could be heard in the home (its natural environment) but also on the relatively new environment of the concert stage.

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