Foerster: Complete Solo Piano Music

Foerster: Complete Solo Piano Music
Composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster
Artist Patricia Goodson piano
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 9283
EAN code 5029365928328
Release December 2013

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“J.B. Foerster was born in this house on 30 December 1859 in order, through his music, to raise us to the heights of beauty.”

Although little known today in the wider musical world and even in his own country, Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster was highly revered among his contemporaries. Foerster was active during the Czech National Revival, when the Czech art and culture was undergoing a true renaissance.

This collection comprises the composer’s complete solo piano music, which is characterised by fluid, lyrical melodic lines and unusual harmony. Each of these pieces was written as a dedication, gift or personal commission, showing the importance with which Foerester treated his family and friends. Many of the works contain a certain imagery or derive from a particular back story; one of these is the 1908 work Music for my young son – containing references to the infant Albert’s favourite folk tune – which almost seems to foretell the young boy’s tragic death, aged 16, in 1921. Among the other works in the collection is Dreaming; perhaps the composer’s most popular piano work.

The pieces are performed by renowned American pianist Patricia Goodson. Having lived in Prague since 1991, Goodson regularly wins praise all over the world for her interpretation of the Czech piano repertoire.

Other information:
- Recorded in Prague in 2013.
-This 4-CD set contains the complete solo piano music of Josef Bohuslav Foerster, an important but unjustly neglected Czech composer.
- Foerster’s romantic idiom is drenched in Bohemian folklore, the world of fairytales and woodland landscapes, picturesque, charming and witty. Though purely romantic, Foerster’s harmonics are often personal and quite daring, foreboding his successor Martinu.
- Splendid and idiomatic performances by American pianist Patricia Goodson who did extensive research into this fascinating figure in Czech music history.
- Contains liner notes on the composer and work.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Dreaming, Op. 47: I. Sostenuto molto
  2. Dreaming, Op. 47: II. Tempo di valse
  3. Dreaming, Op. 47: III. Andante con moto
  4. Dreaming, Op. 47: IV. Allegretto grazioso
  5. Dreaming, Op. 47: V. Allegro
  6. Roses of Remembrance, Op. 49: I. Allegro moderato
  7. Roses of Remembrance, Op. 49: II. Moderato ma appassionato
  8. Roses of Remembrance, Op. 49: III. Tempo di valse lente
  9. Roses of Remembrance, Op. 49: IV. Andante ma non troppo
  10. Roses of Remembrance, Op. 49: V. Tranquillo
  11. Roses of Remembrance, Op. 49: VI. Andante comodo
  12. Evening Music, Op. 79: I. Andante con moto
  13. Evening Music, Op. 79: II. Andante ma con molto passione
  14. Charcoal Sketches, Op. 136: I. Moderato
  15. Charcoal Sketches, Op. 136: II. Allegro grazioso
  16. Charcoal Sketches, Op. 136: III. Appassionato
  17. Charcoal Sketches, Op. 136: IV. Allegro giusto
  18. Impressions, Op. 73: I. Andante comodo ma non troppo lento
  19. Impressions, Op. 73: II. Allegro ma non troppo
  20. Impressions, Op. 73: III. Allegretto scherzando
  21. Impressions, Op. 73: IV. Con moto
  22. Impressions, Op. 73: V. Allegro con brio

Disk 2

  1. The Masks of Eros, Op. 98 (No Tempo Indication)
  2. Osenice Suite, Op. 129 : I. Allegro moderato ma appassionato
  3. Osenice Suite, Op. 129 : II. Tranquillo e moderato ma non troppo lento
  4. Osenice Suite, Op. 129 : III. Allegro impetuoso
  5. Osenice Suite, Op. 129 : IV. Andante solenne
  6. Jicín Suite, Op. 124: I. Allegro moderato, ma con spirito
  7. Jicín Suite, Op. 124: II. Allegretto grazioso
  8. Jicín Suite, Op. 124: III. Allegro giusto
  9. Jicín Suite, Op. 124: IV. Largo e lugubre

Disk 3

  1. And the Apple Trees Blossomed, Op. 52: I. Dream
  2. And the Apple Trees Blossomed, Op. 52: II. Love Song
  3. And the Apple Trees Blossomed, Op. 52: III. Parting
  4. And the Apple Trees Blossomed, Op. 52: IV. Halcyon Day
  5. Three Pieces for Young Pianists, Op. 153b “The Day”: I. Morning. No Tempo Indication
  6. Three Pieces for Young Pianists, Op. 153b “The Day”: II. Noon. No Tempo Indication
  7. Three Pieces for Young Pianists, Op. 153b “The Day”: III. Evening. No Tempo Indication
  8. Miniatures for Piano, Op. 17: I. Allegretto grazioso
  9. Miniatures for Piano, Op. 17: II. Andante
  10. Miniatures for Piano, Op. 17: III. Andantino
  11. Miniatures for Piano, Op. 17: IV. Allegro con brio
  12. Miniatures for Piano, Op. 17: V. Allegretto
  13. Pages from my Diary, Op. 18b: I. Allegro grazioso
  14. Pages from my Diary, Op. 18b: II. Allegro appassionato
  15. Pages from my Diary, Op. 18b: III. Andante sostenuto
  16. Pages from my Diary, Op. 18b: IV. Allegretto
  17. Pages from my Diary, Op. 18b: V. Molto moderato et espressivo
  18. Greetings to President T.G. Masaryk on His 80th Birthday, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)
  19. Bagattella, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)
  20. Melodie, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)
  21. Lullaby, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)
  22. Two Pieces for the Left Hand, Op. 142: I. Notturno
  23. Two Pieces for the Left Hand, Op. 142: II. Fantastico

Disk 4

  1. Esquisses de danse, Op. 48: I. Danse des enfants
  2. Esquisses de danse, Op. 48: II. Danse des amoureux
  3. Esquisses de danse, Op. 48: III. Danse des mariés
  4. Esquisses de danse, Op. 48: IV. Danse des vieux
  5. Music for My Young Son, Op. 72: I. Andante
  6. Music for My Young Son, Op. 72: II. Moderato
  7. Music for My Young Son, Op. 72: III. Allegro ma non troppo
  8. Music for My Young Son, Op. 72: IV. Molto moderato
  9. Music for My Young Son, Op. 72: V. Andante
  10. Memories of Youth (No Tempo Indication)
  11. Petites esquisses (No Tempo Indication)
  12. Moment musicale, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)
  13. Allegretto capriccioso, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)
  14. Spring Moods, Op. 4: I. Tempo di valse
  15. Spring Moods, Op. 4: II. Allegro ma non troppo
  16. Spring Moods, Op. 4: III. Allegretto grazioso
  17. Allegro and Scherzo, Op. 5: I. Allegro
  18. Allegro and Scherzo, Op. 5: II. Scherzo
  19. March for the National Youth Front, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)
  20. Wiegenlied, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)
  21. Zuckerpuppe tanzt, Without Opus No. (No Tempo Indication)

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