Piano Music for Children

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Catalogue No: DDA 25022
EAN/UPC: 809730502224
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Release Date: June 2004
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Discs: 1

Written to be played by children perhaps, but not all these pieces are as simple as the title may suggest! Miniature modern masterpieces by some of the 20th century’s greatest composers.

Raymond Clarke is an acknowledged master of the 20th century repertoire and his previous recordings have received immense praise. He has been described as “a staggering pianist of exceptional gifts”.

Track Listing

    Bela Bartók:

  1. 1. Ten Easy Pieces, SZ. 39 − no. 5: An evening at the Viilage (3:01)
  2. II. Ten Easy Pieces, SZ. 39 − no. 4: Sostenuto (1:09)
  3. III. Ten Easy Pieces, SZ. 39 − no. 8: Hungarian Folksong (1:12)
  4. IV. Ten Easy Pieces, SZ. 39 − no. 7: Aurora (1:38)
  5. Igor Stravinsky:

  6. I. Les Cinq Doigts − No. 1 – Andantino (0:58)
  7. II. Les Cinq Doigts − No. 2 – Allegro (0:56)
  8. III. Les Cinq Doigts − No. 3 – Allegretto (0:49)
  9. IV. Les Cinq Doigts − No. 4 – Larghetto (1:25)
  10. V. Les Cinq Doigts − No. 5 – Moderato (0:44)
  11. VI. Les Cinq Doigts − No. 6 – Lento (1:19)
  12. VII. Les Cinq Doigts − No. 7 – Vivo (0:33)
  13. VIII. Les Cinq Doigts − No.8 – Pesante (1:03)
  14. Sergei Prokofiev:

  15. I. Music for Children, op. 65 − 1. Morning (1:44)
  16. II. Music for Children, op. 65 − 2. Promenade (1:04)
  17. III. Music for Children, op. 65 − 3. Little Fairy Tale (2:13)
  18. IV. Music for Children, op. 65 − 4. Tarantella (0:55)
  19. V. Music for Children, op. 65 − 5. Regrets (2:10)
  20. VI. Music for Children, op. 65 − 6. Waltz (1:10)
  21. VII. Music for Children, op. 65 − 7. March of the Grasshoppers (0:59)
  22. VIII. Music for Children, op. 65 − 8. The rain and the rainbow (1:29)
  23. IX. Music for Children, op. 65 − 9. Game of tag (0:53)
  24. X. Music for Children, op. 65 − 10. March (1:06)
  25. XI. Music for Children, op. 65 − 11. Evening (2:10)
  26. XII. Music for Children, op. 65 − 12. Moonlit Shadows (2:07)
  27. Dmitri Shostakovich:

  28. I. Children’s Notebook, op. 69 − 1. March (0:30)
  29. II. Children’s Notebook, op. 69 − 2. Waltz (0:40)
  30. III. Children’s Notebook, op. 69 − 3. Sad story (1:42)
  31. IV. Children’s Notebook, op. 69 − 4. Funny story (0:32)
  32. V. Children’s Notebook, op. 69 − 5. The bear (0:35)
  33. VI. Children’s Notebook, op. 69 − 6. Clockwork Doll (0:44)
  34. VII. Children’s Notebook, op. 69 − 7. Birthday (0:58)
  35. VIII. Children’s Notebook, op. 69 − 8. Murzilka (0:33)
  36. Aram Khachaturian:

  37. I. Pictures from Childhood − 1. A Little Song (1:30)
  38. II. Pictures from Childhood − 2. Scherzo (0:59)
  39. III. Pictures from Childhood − 3. My Friend is Unwell (2:10)
  40. IV. Pictures from Childhood − 4. Birthday Party (1:19)
  41. V. Pictures from Childhood − 5. Study (1:22)
  42. VI. Pictures from Childhood − 6. Legend (1:33)
  43. VII. Pictures from Childhood − 7. The Little Horse (1:09)
  44. VIII. Pictures from Childhood − 8. In Folk-Dance Style (1:49)
  45. IX. Pictures from Childhood − 9. A glimpse of the ballet (3:49)
  46. X. Pictures from Childhood − 10. Fughetta (1:50)
  47. Aaron Coland:

  48. I. Five Pieces from “Piano Album” − The young Pioneers (1:06)
  49. II. Five Pieces from “Piano Album” − Sunday Afternoon Music (2:24)
  50. III. Five Pieces from “Piano Album” − Down a Country Lane (1:53)
  51. IV. Five Pieces from “Piano Album” − Midsummer Nocturne (1:59)
  52. V. Five Pieces from “Piano Album” − In Evening Air (2:27)
  53. Anton Webern:

  54. Kinderstück (1:30)
  55. Bela Bartók:

  56. I. Mikrokosmos, vol. 6 − no. 142: From the Diary of a Fly (1:18)
  57. II. Mikrokosmos, vol. 6 − no. 143: Divided Arpeggios (2:09)
  58. III. Mikrokosmos, vol. 6 − no. 146: Ostinato (1:57)
  59. IV. Mikrokosmos, vol. 6 − no. 147: March (1:51)

Reviews

DSCH Journal

Raymond Clarke’s commitment to 20th century music is in no doubt. Technically and emotionally music for children can lack depth, though much of this disc proves this is not invariably so.. but they are enjoyable enough to warrant a return visit, especially in Clarke’s hands. Clarke’s notes are a real bonus. The range of styles on display ensures that the disc never outstays its welcome

” —John Riley
Brattleboro Reformer

… pianist Raymond Clarke makes a good case for each of [the pieces]… piano teachers will certainly want a copy of this program… The rest of us can simply enjoy the music

” —Frank Behrens
BBC Music Magazine

… a demonstration that composers of stature can write with simplicity without compromising their style… [Raymond Clarke’s] very good at setting the mood quickly for each piece… ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —Martin Cotton
MusicWeb

I don’t know whose idea this CD was, but it was a brilliant one. It goes without saying that [Clarke] is technically well in command of this music, and his performances are poised, imaginative and strongly characterised. The CD is accompanied by a learned and informative booklet of notes by Raymond Clarke himself, and the piano is the excellent Steinway model D at Newcastle University. More please!

” —Gwyn Parry-Jones
Pianist Magazine

This is a collection of very fine music…highly enjoyable… a recording to savour

” —Stephen Priest