Les Noces and Other Pianola Music
Our first CD, Aeolia 1001, features a diverse collection of music, all specially arranged
for the pianola, and performed by Rex
Lawson, a professional pianolist, and one of the founders of the Pianola
Institute. The programme of the CD lasts for just over 71 minutes.
|1||Igor Stravinsky:||Les Noces|
|2||Witold Lutosławski:||Wariacje na temat Paganiniego|
|3||Sergei Rachmaninov:||Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini|
|4||George Frideric Handel:||Arrival of the Queen of Sheba|
|5||Charles-Marie Widor:||Toccata from Organ Symphony no. 5|
|Sir Arthur Sullivan/|
| Sir Charles Mackerras:||Pineapple Poll|
Igor Stravinsky arranged many of his ballet scores especially for the Pleyela
player-piano, with the help of Jacques Larmanjat, head of music rolls for Pleyel in
Paris. This is the world premiere recording of the Pleyela version of Stravinsky's dance
work, Les Noces.
The other works on the CD range from the drama of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme
of Paganini, to the effervescence of Sir Charles Mackerras' ballet, Pineapple
Poll. They were all especially arranged for this recording by Rex Lawson, and show off
the pianola's almost limitless range, unfettered by the span of human hands.
||HANDEL: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. [3.4 Mb]
Performed by Rex Lawson - April 1998, Nottingham.
This roll was performed on an Aeolian 65/88-note Pianola, attached to a Steinway concert grand, at Nottingham University in April 1998. The musical arrangement and the roll are the copyright of Rex Lawson, 1995, and the audio recording is the copyright of the Pianola Institute, 1998.
To purchase this CD, visit the Pianola Institute Shop