Moritz Ernst plays Malcolm Arnold
Fresh from his recent concert performance of the Fantasy on a Theme of John Field Fantasy in Hamburg (17 November), the brilliant young German pianist Moritz Ernst has released a new all-Arnold CD on the Entercom Saurus label. The recording comprises major works from the Arnold catalogue, alongside several of the composer’s smaller piano pieces - gems rarely heard in the concert hall, still less available on CD.
The disc includes:
Variations on a Ukrainian Folk-Song, Op 9
Homage to the Queen – suite
Four Scottish Dances, Op 59 – arr. J. York
Eight Children’s Piano Pieces Op 36.
Sonata for Piano (1942)
Sarabande and Polka, from “Solitaire”
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“No one could accuse Moritz Ernst of being a merely dutiful champion of Arnold’s piano music. Dull he is not. Listen to his take on the early stages of the 1944 Variations on a Ukrainian Folksong, one of Arnold’s first major successes, and how he relishes the elements of mischief and skittish unpredictability in this music (I also like the way he leans on those delicious blues harmonies in Var 3).
In addition, Ernst gives us a first recording of the suite for piano that Arnold devised from his exuberant ballet Home to the Queen (a 1953 Coronation offering), and he brings irrepressible spirit and heaps of character … to the ever-popular Scottish Dances (heard in John York’s effective transcription) and the Eight Pieces, Op 36, that Arnold dedicated to his own children.”
Andrew Achenbach Gramophone Magazine June 2009
"A German who deftly captures the breezy English wit of Arnold's keyboard canon? Ernst amply fills the bill ... an attractive package".
Classical Music Magazine 28 February 2009 ****