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La Valse

by Will Duchon

Will Duchon performs a beautiful collection of waltzes for solo piano, including Liszt's magnificent Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Ravel's "La Valse" as well as Duchon's arrangement of the haunting "Slow Waltz" by Clarice Assad.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: I. Modéré – Très franc - II. Assez lent – III. Assez animé - IV. Presque lent – V. Assez vif - VI. Moins vif - VII. Epilogue: Lent
14:46 album only
2. La Valse, M. 72
12:06 album only
3. Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
3:23 album only
4. 3 Waltzes, Op. 70: No. 2 in F Minor
2:43 album only
5. Waltz in E Minor, B. 56
2:43 album only
6. Valsa da Dor, Op. Posthumous
5:07 album only
7. 4 Valses oubliees: No. 1, S. 215
2:56 album only
8. Valse-Impromptu, S. 213
5:07 album only
9. Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514
11:31 album only
10. Slow Waltz
4:37 album only
11. Liebesleid
4:32 album only
12. Waltz in A-flat, Op. 39, No. 15
1:38 album only
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Album Notes
The waltz, a graceful dance in triple meter with an emphasis on the downbeat was a popular dance during the 19th century. Composers eventually explored the possibilities of the waltz through musical stylizations intended to be listened to, rather than for dancing. The selections on this album include some of my favorite waltzes, expressing brilliance, passion, tenderness and intimacy. I am especially grateful to Clarice Assad for allowing me to transcribe her haunting "Slow Waltz", originally scored for string orchestra.

Will Duchon

ABOUT "SLOW WALTZ" (Track #10)

"I wrote this waltz for the New Century Chamber Orchestra - a string orchestra-as part of a longer suite called IMPRESSIONS.

There are five movements in the piece, and this particular movement evoked the stylish Hollywood dramas of film Noir I love, and had been interested in pursuing in my writing at the time. Lush strings seemed to give me the perfect scenario for that kind of experimentation.

I was surprised when Will Duchon contacted me about the idea of making a transcription of Slow Waltz for piano, because I did not imagine it could work as effectively for another instrumentation. But I was wrong. Will did an incredible job at translating the piece both in his transcription and playing, and to my ears it almost sounds as if the piece had been written as such.

It is not often that composers of my generation have their pieces transcribed or arranged by other musicians to different instruments, so that too was an exciting journey for me. I would love to thank Will for his vision, passion, and for giving the waltz such a beautiful treatment with his passionate and elegant playing."

Clarice Assad

Album content:

1. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (M. Ravel)
2. La Valse (M. Ravel)
3. Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (F. Chopin)
4. Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2 (F. Chopin)
5. Waltz in E minor, Op. posth. (F. Chopin)
6. Valsa da Dor (H. Villa-Lobos)
7. Valse oubliee No. 1 (F. Liszt)
8. Valse-Impromptu (F. Liszt)
9. Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (F. Liszt)
10. Slow Waltz (Clarice Assad, arranged by Will Duchon)
11. Liebesleid (Kreisler-Rachmaninov)
12. Waltz in A-flat, Op. 39, No. 15 (J. Brahms)



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Joel Marks

Master of the Romantic repertoire Part 2
And I forgot to mention: The album also contains a truly lovely waltz by Clarice Assad, in an arrangement by Duchon himself.

Arlene Redmond

Amazing, brilliant piano artistry
Music can be very healing and Mr. Duchon seems to know that. La Valse, as the name implies, is a compilation of waltzes -- from A to Z -- or actually from Assad to Villa-Lobos. When you listen to this CD, you will be transported perhaps to Liszt's Budapest or Weimar, or Chopin's Warsaw or Paris, or Rachmaninov's Moscow, New York City, or Beverly Hills. Or perhaps just transported outside your own cares for a while. Either way, you will not be disappointed in the brilliantly rendered music on this CD. Maestro Duchon's piano playing is astounding, as you know if you have had the great good fortune to hear him in person. If you are limited to buying only a track from this CD, let it be the Assad...or the Mephisto... or the Valsa da Dor .. or the Chopin in F Minor.... Impossible to choose! The pieces are all unique and wonderful. Go for the whole CD!

Alice W Wagner

These waltzes will truly make you want to dance
Will Duchon has put together a compilation of waltzes that are rich, warm, charming, and moving that will make you want to dance and float and fly. Beautifully played, with an exquisite musical line, possessing both power and tenderness.

Joel Marks

Master of the Romantic repertoire
Will Duchon has done it again. A master of the Romantic piano repertoire, Duchon has now produced a charming album devoted to the waltz. The variety and (generous) selection are truly ear-opening. New for me (I suppose I should be ashamed to admit) was Ravel's La Valse (his Valses nobles and sentimentales are also here), which left my mental mouth agape. The piece is unique in my experience, and Duchon's own virtuosity is a match for it. (It really seems there is nothing Duchon cannot do with a piano keyboard. It all sounds so effortless, and yet unimaginably difficult, no matter whether gentle or powerful.) Then the transition to Chopin's Waltz in C-sharp minor was marvelous in itself. Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 is amazing, including meditative sections I would not have expected from this lion. The album ends with the traditional crowd pleasers Kreisler's Liebesleid (in a Rachmaninov rendition) and Brahms' Waltz in A-flat. Over an hour of the full range of pianistic artistry and beauty overall. This is an album that really works as an album, so don't just purchase the individual pieces. What next from Duchon?