AB I-01

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BETWEEN DREAM AND DESPAIR

Albert Brussee performs romantic piano music by
Max Prick van Wely and Albert Brussee

On the CD Between Dream and Despair are to be heard solely personal compositions, written partly in collaboration with the late composer-author Max Prick van Wely. There are arrangements of folk music from Romania, Spain, Peru and Armenia, a series of Valses caractéristiquesThree Preludes in Romantic Style and Three Songs for Piano, somewhere between a Cole Porter love song and a Romantic piano work.

TRACKS
1.  Improvisatie over Peruaanse volksmelodieën (MPW/AB)

Drie volksmuziekbewerkingen (MPW/AB)
2.  Roemeense volksmelodie
3.  Spaanse bruiloftsdans
4.  Avondstemming – een volkslied uit Bohemen

5.  Armenia (AB)

Trois Valses Caractéristiques (MPW/AB)
6.  Valse amoureuse
7.  Valse légère
8.  Valse mélancolique

9.  Valse brillante (AB)

Three Preludes in Romantic Style (MPW/AB)
10. Allegretto cantabile
11. Lento e mesto
12. Allegro appassionato

Three Songs for Piano (AB)
13. My Song
14. Between Dream and Despair
15. A Song of Farewell

Total playing time:  52:32

REVIEWS AND PERSONAL REACTIONS
“The piano music of Brussee and Prick van Wely has its roots in the salon music genre, but probes in every respect further and deeper. There is great variety and, through modern influences, relevance to our time. It is pleasant music, easy on the ear, written for the sound-sensitive pianist or in particular for the piano student who needs to develop tonal sensitivity. It is to Albert Brussee’s credit that his own poetic playing serves as a shining example of this. The sound of the piano on the CD is furthermore fine and natural.”
Frans SchreuderPiano Bulletin 1996-1. (Translated from the Dutch)

“This CD, containing piano music by two living Dutch composers will be a welcome surprise. Max Prick van Wely and Albert Brussee demonstrate that it still is possible to write romantic music which is both charming and melodious. (…) The playing throughout this fascinating collection is excellent. Highly recommended to pianists and teachers alike.”
Peter FeuchtwangerPiano Journal 1996-1.

“I regularly listen to your CDs. I especially think the piece Between Dream and Despair is of timeless beauty, both in terms of composition and performance!”
Gerrit Vennema, poet and musician living in The Hague, in an e-mail dated 28 July 2017.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
© 1995 AB Music Productions & Editions.
The CD Between Dream and Despair is no longer for sale in shops. The last 12 copies are now available only via AB Music Productions & Editions.
The individual tracks can be downloaded on iTunes.

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On the CD Between Dream and Despair are to be heard solely personal compositions, written partly in collaboration with the late composer-author Max Prick van Wely. There are arrangements of folk music from Romania, Spain, Peru and Armenia, a series of Valses caractéristiquesThree Preludes in Romantic Style and Three Songs for Piano, somewhere between a Cole Porter love song and a Romantic piano work.

 

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