Monday, February 6, 2017

Eileen Joyce - Testament SBT-1174

While lightweight, encore-type fare dominates this splendidly transferred anthology recorded between 1933 and 1939, the Tasmanian born Eileen Joyce is no trifling pianist. At 21 she made two of the greatest piano recordings ever : a feathery Liszt La Leggeierezza and Paul de Schlözer's criminally difficult Etude in A-Flat, both included here. Her poise, spirit, and effortless technique abound in selected Grieg Lyric Pieces, three Rachmaninov Preludes, beautifully shaded Fauré (the F Minor Impromptu) and Debussy (the "Toccata" from Pour le Piano), plus yummy "cream of corn" penned by Palmgren, Sinding, Moszkowski, Scott, Bergman, Dohnanyi, and d'Albert. In fact, Joyce plays the Gieseking/Strauss Ständchen better than the transcriber himself ! The opening work is mistakenly listed as Bach's Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV 894 — it's actually the Fantasy & Fugue BWV 944. Bryce Morrison adds a moving personal memoir to his informative notes, topping off a release that will cause all self-respecting piano mavens to, ahem, "Re-Joyce" !
Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

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Eileen Joyce
Testament SBT-1174

Tracks

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

1 Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV 894  5:55

Domenico Paradies
(1707-1791)

2 Toccata in A Major (Sonata di gravicembalo, n° 6, II)  2:28

Paul de Schlözer
(1841-1898)

3 Etude in A-Flat Major, Op. 1, n° 2  3:14

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

4 La leggierezza (Trois Etudes de concert, n° 2)  4:14
5 Gnomenreigen (Deux Etudes de concert, n° 2)  2:38

Selim Palmgren
(1878-1951)

6 En route, Op. 9  1:06

Christian Sinding
(1856-1941)

7 Rustle of Spring (6 Stücke, Op. 32)  2:16

Edvard Grieg
(1843-1907)

8 Scherzo-Impromptu, Op. 73, n° 2  2:17
9 Butterfly, Op. 43, n° 1  1:42
10 Melody, Op. 47, n° 3  2:44
11 To the Spring, Op. 43, n° 6  2:10
12 Summer's Eve, Op. 71, n° 2  2:19
13 Solitary Traveller, Op. 43, n° 2  2:20
14 Brooklet Op. 62, n° 4  1:33

Gabriel Fauré
(1845-1924)

15 Impromptu n° 2 in F Minor, Op. 31  4:14

Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)

16 Toccata (Pour le piano, n° 3)  3:58

Moritz Moszkowski
(1854-1925)

17 Waltz in E Major, Op. 34, n° 1  4:03

Serge Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

18 Prelude in A-Flat Major, Op. 23, n° 8  2:54
19 Prelude A minor, Op. 32, n° 8  1:35
20 Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, n° 5  3:42

Cyrill Scott
(1879-1970)

21 Lotus Land, Op. 47, n° 1  2:58
22 Danse nègre, Op. 58, n° 5  1:28

Stefan Bergman
(20th Century)

23 Polka Caprice, Op. 1, n° 3  2:56
24 Himmelgesang, Op. 2, n° 1  1:40

Ernő Dohnányi
(1877-1960)

25 Rhapsody in C Major, Op. 11, n° 3  4:32

Richard Strauss
(1864-199)

26  Ständchen, Op. 17, n° 2  2:53
(arr. )

Eugen d'Albert
(1864-1932)

27  Scherzo, Op. 16, n° 2  3:50

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Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London ; between June 8, 1933 & July 12, 1939

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Anonymous said...

Thanks GrandMasterTeacher MM! I was not aware of Ms. Eileen Joyce's work, until now. Truly appreciated.

theblueamos said...

Thank you Mel for this new to me pianist . Best wishes from Jerusalem.

zoot said...

many thanks. super label.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you, great Mel!
Pedro

musician3 said...

AMAZING.....................THANK YOU FOR ALL