TABLEAUX contains some of the finest compositions Rachmaninov ever composed for the piano, including the original 1913 version of the dynamic piano sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 36. Rachmaninov revised this sonata in 1931, but the revision sacrificed much of the original version's dramatic intensity. "Tableaux" also includes four of the "Etudes-Tableaux" from Op. 39: the violent opening piece in C minor, the poignant and lyrical A minor study, the well-loved E-flat minor etude-tableaux, and also the "military" D major. Preceding these four works, the album opens with one of Rachmaninov's most haunting pieces, the D major prelude from his Op. 23 set. The album concludes with two contrasting pieces by Scriabin: the mournful C-sharp minor prelude, and the explosive D-sharp minor etude from Op. 12 Tableaux Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1945)
LA VALSE is a beautiful collection of waltzes for solo piano.
Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64/2
Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70/1
Waltz in E minor, Op. posth.
Villa-Lobos: Valsa da Dor
Liszt: Valse oubliee No. 1
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Clarice Assad: Slow Waltz (from Impressions for String Orchestra) arranged by Will Duchon
Brahms: Waltz in A-flat, Op. 39, No. 15
Parish meets parody in Will Duchon’s “Musical Whimsy: The Incomplete Edition of Music Notes”, a fun and fanciful review of the musical repertoire and social scene of a small town New England church.
In Connecticut, the land of steady habits, the little white colonial church on the green is an iconic town landmark and a social center with its own quirky traditions and personalities. As Director of Music at an historic Congregational church, Duchon plans, prepares, and presents the choral and keyboard music that accompanies Sunday services. Most weeks, the printed church bulletin includes Will’s “Music Notes” and short descriptions to inform the spiritual experience with background and commentary on the day’s musical selections. The “Music Notes” often shift unpredictably and inexplicably from history to fictional anecdotes peopled by a cast of local characters like a Yankee version of Lake Wobegon.
Whether you read it cover to cover, or keep it in a place where you like to read a few pages at a time, Duchon’s “Musical Whimsy: The Incomplete Edition of Music Notes” makes church music and musicians accessible, sometimes absurd, and unfailingly entertaining.
— Dave Walker, Monroe, CT