Four Worlds (CD)
On this luscious recording, the Chinese pianist coalesces four worlds as he traces the journey of three composer-pianists who, like Chen himself, followed their destinies to the ‘New World’. Russians Sergei Rachmaninov and Vladimir Horowitz both found renewed fame in America, and Percy Grainger’s uncommon musical versatility found a second voice when he moved from Australia via England to America.
Who can fail to be seduced by Gershwin’s Love Walked In in the smoochy transcription by Percy Grainger? Or his Londonderry Air. Vladimir Horowitz, one of the greatest virtuosos of all time, makes an appearance as both composer and transcriber. Rachmaninov is one of Moye Chen’s many specialities and he presents a range of pieces from this composer’s output – the gorgeous Melodie, the cheeky transcription of the ‘Menuet’ from Bizet’s L’Arlésienne, and the all-engulfing Second Sonata.
1 Polka de V.R.
2 Colonial Song
3 Danse excentrique (Moment exotique)
4 Valse in F minor
5 Love Walked In (George Gershwin)
6 Ramble on Love (after the Love Duet from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier)
Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3
7 No. 3: Mélodie in E major
8 No. 5: Sérénade in B flat minor
Morceaux de salon, Op. 10
9 No. 5: Humoresque in G major
10 Menuet from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 (Bizet)
11 Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air)
12 In Dahomey (Cakewalk Smasher)
13 The Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa)
14–16 Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36 (1913 & 1931 versions, ed. Horowitz)
MOYE CHEN, piano