He almost invariably played a Beethoven sonata at his recitals feeling them central to his repertoire. By the time of these recordings detail has sometimes become sketchy and the spirit should be prized over the detail in the former work.
Aus meinem Tagebuch Op.82 book III No.2 Sheet Music by Max Reger
Reger occupies the whole of the third disc. The Variations and Fugue on a theme of JS Bach was recorded when he was 75 and was, in fact, the first commercial recording of the piece. Apart from a wobbly opening note — like tape wow — things go impressively and the five selections from Aus meinem Tagebuch are audaciously and ripely characterised — whether insouciant, melancholy, or terpsichorean. It would be interesting to know if Merrick preserved his own timings from recitals and thus to see how quickly he took the sonatas in the s and 30s.
Decades later he is roughly on a par with Loveridge in No.
The outstanding mezzo Sybil Michelow sings five of the eight Esperanto poems texts and translations are printed in the booklet if your Esperanto is not up to snuff. These lovely songs, whether more or less harmonically adventurous, involve refined piano postludes, passionate romance, dappled treble sonorities and much more. The performances are really memorable and so is the music and someone should take up these songs.
Merrick plays a beautiful Bonny Blue Bell variations — a lovely piece, too trenchantly captured by the microphone. Hares on the Mountains is a three-part invention whilst there are some trivial finger slips in An Ocean Lullaby. Finally, there are the two movements Merrick contributed to the Schubert centennial competition, not heard in the original 78 but in the LP recording made by The St Cecilia Orchestra, led by the virtuoso Lionel Bentley and conducted by Trevor Harvey.
These boxes do not constitute the Complete Merrick on LP; a few performances proved elusive and some were sub-standard technically. It would also have involved an extra box set at least.
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Greedily and perhaps unrealistically, I hope the next box might include a Merrick discography which will alert listeners to the range of his interests and the catholicity of his repertoire. Until then, this handsome box stands as a splendid and devoted undertaking. Bach, op.
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