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Piano Classics for Garden Lovers

Piano Classics for Garden Lovers

Ref: CDG1193

14 tracks 63 min
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Romantic piano music chosen to evoke springtime. This relaxing programme of classics by composers such as Mendelssohn and Schumann includes such masterpieces as 'Spring Song', pastoral-style pieces and charming miniatures which describe spring and its flowers and birds in music.

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Piano Classics for Garden Lovers

Romantic piano music chosen to evoke springtime. This relaxing programme of classics by composers such as Mendelssohn and Schumann includes such masterpieces as 'Spring Song', pastoral-style pieces and charming miniatures which describe spring and its flowers and birds in music.

1 Spring Song Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
2 Flower Piece Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
3 Bird as Prophet Robert Schumann
4 The Girl with the Flaxen Hair Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
5 Song without Words Felix Mendelssohn
6 Venetian Gondolier's Song Felix Mendelssohn
7 'Raindrop' Prelude Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
8 Intermezzo in A Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
9 Arabesque No 1 Claude Debussy
10 'Dreaming' from 'Scenes from Childhood' Robert Schumann
11 The Sounds and Perfumes Turn in
the Evening Air Claude Debussy
12 Nocturne in E flat Frédéric Chopin
13 La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune Claude Debussy
14 'Moonlight' Sonata: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Adagio sostenuto

Martin Souter piano
James Gregory flute

CCL CDG1193
Cover Image: D.L Mays reproduced courtesy of Eaglecrown on behalf of Punch Cartoon Library
This compilation p & c 2003 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, lo, the Winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.
Song of Songs King James Bible (1611)


Flowers, plants and clement weather have inspired writers, musicians (and gardeners!) since time immemorial. This album celebrates the rich diversity of one of the best gardening seasons - the spring - from the sounds of the first cuckoo through to the warmth of early June, all brought together in one perfect, imaginary day. We start at dawn with Mendelssohn's 'Spring Song' with its chirpy, early-morning birdsong beautifully conjured up by the flute. Schumann's 'Flower Piece' evokes the colour and intensity of the first blooms of the season - Shakespeare's 'darling buds of May'. And then we are off for a walk in the mid-morning sunshine. In 'Bird as Prophet', one of his 'Scenes from the Woods', Schumann brings us the sounds of the birds once more - now more serious and eagerly about their business. In the dappled sunlight we come across 'The Girl with the Flaxen Hair' - lost in thought and at one with nature. She sings a haunting, nameless song (Mendelssohn) and then runs for cover as a light shower sends rain droplets shimmering across the scene (Chopin's 'Raindrop Prelude').

The afternoon begins with Mayday revels suggested by Debussy's 'Arabesque', and then a few lazy hours in the garden - 'Dreaming'. We awake to the scent of freshly cut grass and the contented sounds of nature in repose, perfectly captured by Debussy in 'The Sounds and Perfumes Turn in the Evening Air'. The day now moves towards its close with a calm, moonlit night and Beethoven's immortal sonata.


Spring

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring -
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth's sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.- Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid's child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

Gerald Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)


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