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GODOWSKY, L.: Piano Music, Vol. 8 (Scherbakov) - Java Suite / Wine, Women and Song

Composer(s):Godowsky, Leopold
Artist(s) Scherbakov, Konstantin, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.225274
Label Marco Polo
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 9.99
 

 


One of the great virtuoso pianists of his time, Leopold Godowsky also sought to make a name for himself as a composer. In common with other performers he wrote a great deal of music for his own use. Written at a stage in his career when he had decided to devote more time to composition, the 1925 Java Suite offers a series of evocative tone-pictures inspired by the landscape and people of Indonesia, which Godowsky had visited during a concert tour. His earlier imaginative metamorphosis of Strauss’s Wine, Woman and Song reveals another side of his genius.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2007

Born in Poland in 1870, Leopold Godowsky was one of the most remarkable piano virtuosos of his time, his touring career beginning at the age of nine, his first composition completed at the age of seven. He was only fourteen when he took the not inconsiderable journey to the United States, touring extensively and gaining himself a reputation as a child prodigy. He eventually returned to Europe, and though there was no formal arrangement, became a pupil of Saint-Saens both as pianist and composer. The success he had enjoyed in the States was a temptation he could not resist and aged 20 returned there, married and became an American citizen. Adored for his outgoing musicianship he continued to tour, but also spent time teaching the new generation of

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