Crossing Borders represents the debut album of pianist Luke Welch, which was released in 2015. This album features a diverse program, including works by Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Oskar Morawetz, and Franz Schubert:
Schumann – Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15
Chopin – Mazurkas, Op. 24
Chopin – Nocturne in F-sharp Minor, Op. 48, No. 2
Morawetz – Scherzo
Schubert – Sonata in A Minor, D. 784
Robert Schumann (1810-56) composed Scenes from Childhood (Kinderszenen), Op. 15 – a collection of thirteen miniature movements composed in 2013. Schumann originally wrote 30 movements for this work and eventually selected these movements for the final version. Ranging from the agitated and grandiose to introspective and sentimental, Scenes from Childhood captives the complete emotional and musical palate for the listener. Frederic Chopin (1810-49) Mazurkas Op. 24 were written in 1836, early in the composer’s career as a 26 year old, as mazurkas served as the primary compositional form to be utilized throughout the composer’s career. Spanning from Op. 6 to Op. 63 (posthumus publishings up to and including Op. 67 and Op. 68 notwishstanding), Chopin’s mazurkas comprise 58 works in total. These Polish dances are as much filled with musical ingenuity as remaining stylistic and true to the folk ideals.
Oskar Morawetz (1917-2007) was a Canadian composer, born in the former Bohemia (now Czech Republic) who left his native country in 1938. After continuing his studies in Vienna and Paris, he eventually settled in Canada as professor of composition at the University of Toronto. Continuing to remain one of his most popular works, Scherzo is a one-movement composition based in the style and brilliance of Chopin’s works of the same title. Franz Schubert (1797-1828) composed Sonata in A Minor, D. 784 in 1823 and represents one of his most significant compositions for solo piano. Relentless, dark, and with hints of tragedy, this sonata encapsulates what many believe to be Schubert’s musical depictions of his own impending fate after suffering a major illess the year prior.
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