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D'Albert: Aschenputtel (Cinderella) Suite
 
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D'Albert: Aschenputtel (Cinderella) Suite

1 April 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 April 2014
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:14:16
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  • ASIN: B00ITFO1CQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,510 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By someonewhocares2 on 11 April 2014
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Eugen D'Albert (1864-1932) was a colourful figure (he married six times) who, as well as being a virtuoso pianist, was also a composer, especially of operas...he wrote no fewer than twenty. "Tiefland" and, in particular, "Die Toten Augen" are well worth getting to know. Towards the beginning of his career D'Albert also produced a number of concert works including two piano concertos, the second of which is a tremendous Lisztian showpiece, and a fine Brahmsian symphony.

If you listen right through this disc you will be immediately struck by the enormous variety of styles on display. D'Albert, it seems, was an eclectic composer who never really settled on a style of his own. Some of his later works show the influence of German Expressionism and his opera "The Black Orchid" is said to include elements of jazz. No doubt, if he had established himself as a great innovative composer in the early part of his career (as Stravinsky did), he could have got away with jumping on so many bandwagons but, having failed to do so, he must have too often seemed like a slave to fashion. Yet D'Albert was capable of writing fine music in whatever style he chose.

Chronologically, the first work is the overture to Grillparzer's "Esther". This work has an abundance of themes and is very much in the manner of Brahms (though D'Albert does manage a couple of cymbal clashes towards the end). It is a sonata form piece with an extended introduction and a coda and is well sustained and effective though, like so much music of this type, it needs a little perseverance on the part of the listener. It may help to know that the development section begins at 6 mins 13 secs and the recapitulation at 7 mins 26 secs.

Next comes the overture to D'Albert's first opera "Der Rubin" ("The Ruby").
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By Rimsky on 10 Jun 2014
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but not particularly individual music: in fact rather like most of D'Albert's music that I have heard. However, a good introduction if you don't know him.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Nethercott on 1 May 2014
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I really enjoy this as background music. Ok it ain't real opera but who wants that when you're dusting?
Easy on the ear and the brain.
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