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Where Beauty Dwells

by Will Duchon

A collection of passionate and intimate piano works by Bach-Busoni, Poulenc, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Brahms.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Chaconne in D Minor
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2. Suite francaise, Fp 80: I. Bransle de Bourgogne
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3. Suite francaise, Fp 80: II. Pavane
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4. Suite francaise, Fp 80: III. Petite marche militaire
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5. Suite francaise, Fp 80: IV. Complainte
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6. Suite francaise, Fp 80: V. Bransle de Champagne
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7. Suite francaise, Fp 80: VI. Sicilienne
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8. Suite francaise, Fp 80: VII. Carillon
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9. Napoli, Fp 40: I. Barcarolle
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10. Napoli, Fp 40: II. Nocturne
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11. Napoli, Fp 40: III. Caprice italien
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12. Nocturne in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1
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13. Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39
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14. Where Beauty Dwells, Op. 21, No. 7
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15. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2
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16. Prelude in C Minor, Op. 23, No. 7
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17. Intermezzo in B Minor, Op. 119, No. 1
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18. Intermezzo in E Minor, Op. 119, No. 2
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19. Intermezzo in C Major, Op. 119, No. 3
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20. Rhapsody in E-Flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4
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21. Chorale Prelude "Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele", Op. 122, No. 5
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The title of this album is taken from Rachmaninov's gentle song about a secluded place among meadows and old pines, where one experiences the beauty of solitude and quiet amidst white clouds, silence, and dreams. This imagery is reflected in the gentle leading of the song's phrases, which take us along to an inner "place" that is uniquely our own: a place of refuge, a place which feeds our souls. Each piece on this album creates a "place" unlike any other, into which we are invited, a place "where beauty dwells". I hope these pieces bring you as much satisfaction by listening as they bring me by playing them.


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Arlene Redmond

Beautiful indeed
This CD has quickly become my favorite classical CD—and I have many, including many piano CDs featuring such luminaries as Ax, Horowitz, Kissin, Richter, and Uchida. Duchon’s latest CD is indeed where beauty dwells. I am not equipped to give a technical review--just to say the sound quality is clear as a bell and the artistry of Will Duchon is extraordinary. It would be difficult to say which cut is my favorite, I might list all 21, which would not be helpful. It is a nice long CD (over 70 minutes) so you more than get your money's worth in that regard also. That is the least of it though. You will not be disappointed in this CD. I am making a list of lucky gift-recipients of this CD of soaring beauty -- in turns exuberant and tender.

Joel Marks

The consummate Romantic
I could not be more excited than to receive the announcement of a new CD by the Romantic pianist Will Duchon. The marvelous cdbaby distributors got it to me in a jiffy, and my anticipation was instantly raised to a still higher peak when I saw that the first item on the “program” was Bach’s Chaconne. This is Duchon being true to form as a champion of the great Romantic works.
However, Duchon has chosen to record (and I have also heard him perform) the Busoni version of the Chaconne, whereas I prefer the Brahms. To me this is a piece that is noted for both its contemplative grandeur and its dynamic contrasts. I am convinced that Brahms’s one-hand version lends itself to these qualities to perfection (in the right hands, that is, left hand). Busoni chose to transform the Chaconne into a two-hand virtuosic showpiece. To me it becomes muddied and thereby loses both its contemplativeness and also the heart-wrenching build-up to the two reprises of the opening theme at the ends of its two halves. More is less.
But to each his own, and given the choice, Duchon has made the most of his. I was so excited by his performance that I did not have the patience to listen to the rest of the album before writing down my thoughts about the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. Also contributing mightily to the experience was the pristine and sonorous quality of the sound-recording.
That there is another full hour of gorgeous music on this CD, including Poulenc, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and, yes, Brahms, is too much for me to take in in one sitting. I will indulge in the rest of this album on separate occasions. And in the meantime I will be ordering it as a gift for my friends, fully confident that the whole is equal in quality to its first part.

Betty Heiney

an Amazing CD
Who needs to go out to concerts, when one only has to be in the comfort of their own house and listen to this C D. You will be amazed with Will Duchon's talent as well as with his beautiful selections. A pleasure to , as Will himself suggests on WMNR, "stay close to the music" especially when listening to his "Where Beauty Dwells" CD.

James Villas

Brilliant
Fans of Will Duchon's Friday night classical music broadcast on Connecticut's WMNR Fine Arts Radio may not realize that he is also an accomplished concert pianist, and while his phenomenal talent shines through all the pieces included on this new album, listening in particular to his distinctive and moving performance of the wildly challenging Bach/Busoni Chaconne made me think I was hearing this masterpiece for the first time.