Julius Isserlis Piano Music
A unique album of all the available piano works by Julius Isserlis, Russian pianist-composer and grandfather of cellist Steven Isserlis, who also features on the disc.
Composers in Love
Composers in Love is a selection of works inspired by composers’ muses. It features Sam Haywood’s own new version of Für Elise, combining the Nohl first edition and later revisions made my Beethoven. Also included is a rare manuscript version of Chopin’s Waltz Op 69 No 1 and the composer’s own transcription for solo piano of the Larghetto from his second piano concerto. Clara Schumann’s own transcription of Robert’s Widmung is recorded here for the first time. Unlike the popular Liszt version, Clara remains faithful to the original version, thereby conveying the beautiful simplicity of the music. Wagner’s Sonata for the Album of M.W. is also a rarely-heard gem, dedicated to Mathilde von Wesendonck.
Chopin’s Own Piano
The first ever recording to be made on the Pleyel piano of 1846, which belonged to Chopin and was almost certainly used for his last concert in Paris in 1848. The instrument is now part of the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands Park.