Godowsky: Piano Music 10 (Walzermasken/ Symphonische Metamorphosen) (Marco Polo: 8.225276)
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Published in 1912, Leopold Godowsky's Waltz Masques: 24 Fantasies in Triple Time for Piano pay homage to such illustrious pianist-composers as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy and the 'waltz king' Johann Strauss.
The Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Johann Strauss, Three Waltz Paraphrases I. Artists' Life of the same year transforms Strauss's waltz sequence into a piano piece of great virtuosity, a monument to Godowsky's own phenomenal prowess as one of the great pianists of his time.
"The sonata has had to wait until now, 90 years after its publication, for a recorded performance that does it justice ... The more I listen to the first movement in Scherbakov's revelatory account, the more my respect and affection for the work grows, with its heartfelt emotion and string of memorable ideas."International Record Review on Vol. 5