Sheet Music Review
Here’s a quick roundup of the latest benchmark urtext editions from revered published Henle Verlag…
Brahms: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op.5
Brahms’ mammoth F minor Sonata, composed when he was just 20, is symphonic in scope.
This new edition by Katrin Eich, and with ingenious fingerings supplied by Andreas Boyde, comes from the New Brahms Complete Edition of 2014, and will be welcomed by all who wish to tackle this masterpiece!
Brahms: Waltz in A flat, Op.39 No.15
How wonderful to see this stand-alone edition of Brahms’ well-loved classic, offering both the original and the slightly simplified version in A major, side-by-side!
Whether you are a teacher or player working on this piece, an academic or composition student, it’s fascinating to compare the two!
Schumann • Liszt: Liebeslied (Widmung)
Liszt’s stunning virtuoso transcription of Schumann’s gorgeous love son “Dedication” from Myrthen, Op.25, has returned as a popular show-stopper in recent years, with recordings by Evgeny Kissin, Daniil Trifonov, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, and others giving the piece a wide audience.
Annette Oppermann’s new edition is a most welcome addition to the Henle catalogue.
Dvorák: Humoresques Op.101
There’s no better place to begin an exploration of Dvorak’s solo piano music than these eight highly attractive pieces, and hopefully this brilliant new edition from Henle will help to bring these lovely works into wider circulation.
Grieg: Norwegian Dances Op.35 for piano, four-hands
Grieg’s Norwegian Dances Op.35 for piano duet will be known to many from the popular orchestral version.
The original piano duet version is a brilliant concert work for advanced performers, and Ernst-Günter Heinemann’s new edition for Henle – co-edited and with fingering by the great Grieg performer Einar Steen-Nøkleberg – combines scholarship, clarity of presentation and helpfully organised page turns.
Bartók: Suite Op.14
László Somfai’s authoritative new edition of the Suite Op.14, one of Bartók’s most important solo piano concert works, now supersedes the older Universal Edition version in several regards.
Of particular interest, it includes as an appendix the Andante movement that formed part of the original five-movement design of Bartók in 1916, but which was removed by the composer shortly before the work’s publication in 1918.
Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs
Also edited by László Somfai and excerpted from the new Bartók Complete Edition, published by Henle in collaboration with Editio Musica Budapest, this is a welcome performing version of a rather neglected work.
In his fascinating Preface, Somfai explores the work’s complex background. The music itself is nicely organised on the page, and although the early pieces seem to me just a little more cramped than the old UE edition, the later movements (and particularly the dense Finale) are certainly more spacious, and overall this new version is without doubt the one to go for!
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