Magazine article Gramophone

'Preludes in Times Past and Present'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Preludes in Times Past and Present'

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'Preludes in Times Past and Present' Blei Vorspiel (zu einem Abschied) Blumenbach Preludium Bruhl Atlas-Ouverture Dudevant En plein Pacifique--Prelude Grazlinger Preludium Herzung Die Abenteuer von der beruchtigten Ruprecht--Prelude Hrabal Pfedehra I Knight Prelude Monfort Prelude des Princesses Tulipe et Petit Lys Sabate Preludio Sampoeschtian Prelude-caprice Sanda Hudbe z lesa--Prelude Sauvage Prelude (Temps resolu) Sechter Prelude Seraphin Prelude (en forme de pavane) Sinding Ouverture til ekteskapet Tolkowsky Fantaisie-Prelude deCompagnie

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Rarely is a disc so blissfully unconcerned with accounting for itself in the marketplace. While 'Preludes in Times Past and Present' has no great quality deficits--it's extremely well played and the music is largely agreeable--why would anyone issue a series of short preludes by mostly unknown 18th- to 20th-century composers, all pieces being around three minutes in length, in a disc that's in a constant state of beginning? One could hope for some unanticipated overall fusion, but such redemption isn't forthcoming.

The disc begins with a promising cello flourish in Herzung's Prelude to the monodrama The Adventures of Infamous Ruprecht, which then suddenly ends after some elfin activity, leaving you wondering if the title is longer than the piece. …

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