A Piano Odyssey

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Trevor Barnard, British-born pianist, leapt to fame in 1962 with his stunning and pioneering recording of the Bliss Piano Concerto with Malcolm Sargent and the Philharmonia (now on Diversions 24106). In his previous Divine Art CDs he has worked to promote the work of contemporary composers from Australia, where he has lived for many years. Here, he not only celebrates his long recording career, but also the development of piano music from J S Bach to the present day. Several tracks were previously on his very successful World Record Club album “An Introduction to Piano Music”, some are new.

Track Listing

    Johann Sebastian Bach:

  1. Two-Part Invention no. 1., BWV772 (1:30)
  2. Franz Schubert::

  3. Moment Musical in F minor, D 780 no. 2 (1:46)
  4. Ludwig van Beethoven:

  5. Bagatelle in A flat, op. 33 no. 7 (2:01)
  6. Felix Mendelssohn:

  7. Song without Words, op. 19 no. 1 (2:41)
  8. Robert Schumann:

  9. Arabesque, op. 18 (6:40)
  10. Fryderyk Chopin:

  11. Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, op., 66 (6:00)
  12. Polonaise in A, op. 40 no. 1 (5:54)
  13. Edvard Grieg:

  14. I. Lyric Pieces, op. 43 – Little Bird (1:40)
  15. II. Lyric Pieces, op. 43 – Erotikon (2:45)
  16. Sergei Rachmaninov:

  17. Prelude in C sharp minor, op. 3 no 2 (4:19)
  18. Claude Debussy:

  19. The Snow is Dancing (3:04)
  20. Isaac Albeniz:

  21. Espana, op. 165 − Tango (3:04)
  22. Bela Bartók:

  23. I. Mikrokosmos – In Dorian Mode (1:03)
  24. II. Mikrokosmos – Bulgarian dance (2:10)
  25. George Gershwin:

  26. Prellude no. 2 (3:40)
  27. Margaret Sutherland:

  28. Chorale Prelude: Herzliebster Jesu (2:33)
  29. Chorale Prelude: Jesu meine Freude (3:00)
  30. Peter Sculthorpe:

  31. I. Sonatina – First movement (2:17)
  32. II. Sonatina – Second movement (2:38)
  33. III. Sonatina – Third movement (1:46)
  34. Nigel Butterley:

  35. Arioso (2:28)
  36. Comment on a Popular Song (1:16)
  37. Michael Bertram:

  38. Kinetic (from Five Pieces) (4:32)
  39. Tim Dargaville:

  40. Night Song (4:47)
  41. Felix Werder:

  42. Spring Song (3:00)

Reviews

Midwest Record

An ace classical piano man… very much a player you should be better acquainted with, Barnard’s odyssey is a trip well worth taking with him. A marvellous collection.

” —Chris Spector
MusicWeb International

Barnard’s Piano Odyssey is a rather bipartite affair but it makes for an enjoyable if not quite Homeric journey. I found the Australian works the most exciting performances. Recording quality is consistent despite the vagaries of dates and locations and the notes are helpful.

” —Jonathan Woolf
Mid Sussex Citizen

The bulk of this entrancing keyboard collection was recorded for the now sadly defunct World Record Club in 1978, and the original album has now been expanded to include works by Grieg and five contemporary Australian composers. Pianist Barnard takes this opportunity to trace the evolution of the piano’s repertoire form the era of J […]

” —Kevin Bryan
The Studio

Barnard is a careful craftsman yet has the ability to retain the musicality and sensitivity required to demonstrate the disparate styles. Overall this is a varied microcosm of piano writing…interpreted and performed by a master. Highly recommended

” —Rita Crews