First Modern Suite
In Lilting Rhythm
Six Idylls After Goethe
Piano Sonata No. 3 Norse
The suite is a work of Lisztian tumult and display with Bach-like movements
and a slumbering Andantino straight out of the Liszt and Chopin piano
concertos. The finale ends busily in Bachian flight. There is an unassuming
Amourette (Op. 1!) and the Lilting Rhythm twins are lovingly
done without being terribly memorable. The Goethe Idylls are
unexceptionable, though typically well-rounded, little character sketches.
The Norse sonata is only 17 minutes long. It is dedicated to Grieg
and, not at all surprisingly, it is the Norwegian composer whose voice is
the dominant influence. It dates from 1900 and its opening Mesto is
broodingly dark. The central tristamente droops sadly while the finale
has a fiery jauntiness.
Recommended for Macdowell completists.