Blue skies ahead for all music dealers and pianists: this new publication from the House of Henle follows up the huge success of its Jubilee Piano Album. For a highly affordable retail price this cross-section from Henle's full urtext catalogue for piano two-hands contains no fewer than 39 complete and self-contained pieces (including such famous and frequently heard items as Chopin's b-minor Prelude), all in Henle's celebrated top-quality urtext. Extra bonuses include indications of the level of difficulty, a preface, and concise introductions to each composer and piece in four world languages: German, English, French and Japanese.
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No. 1–2 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was not only a prolific composer of cantatas and oratorios but also a virtuoso organist and harpsichord player. The Aria in B minor comes from the fourth of his Six Partitas, the first work that Bach allowed to be engraved and issued in print (1731). The possibilities latent in the rarely used two-voice contrapuntal texture are … more
The 39 compositions include a good mixture of well-known favourites and more unusual choices. … A useful volume here, with plenty of variety for the competent amateur. Short informative notes to each item accompany this clean, urtext edition.
Over de hoge kwaliteit van de bladmuziek van Henle is in dit blad al menige loftrompet gestoken. Maar met de uitgave van hun album Klaviermusik von Bach bis Debussy verdient dit gerenommeerde uitgevershuis ook een grote pluim voor de inhoud.