'Simple Gifts' Aaron Copland
An entertaining album of encores, party pieces and a few rarities. Album of the Weekend, 31 August - 1 September 2013.
Piers Lane takes a delightful journey through the 20th century in this new album of encores, party pieces and a few rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally unforgettable Beethoven pastiche.
This album includes first recordings of, among others, John Ireland’s Ballerina and Mark Saya’s Offenbach/Chopin conflation Barcarolles. A number of these pieces are by Australian composers who wrote for Piers himself. His unbounded virtuosity and joy in the music is clearly an inspiration, and is evident throughout the recording.