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Summer Waves

A collection of short piano works performed by Len Vorster by composers such as Gershwin, Grieg, Debussy, Ravel and four others.

Len Vorster writes:

This CD evokes the spirit of the summer and the sea where I grew up near the beach in Cape Town, South Africa. The music reflects the shimmering warmth and sensuality of the summer and the ever-changing ebb and flow of the sea.

It also captures the dance rhythms of Spain, France and America, and the nocturnes reflect the sea’s sultry stillness at sunset. I celebrate the eccentricity of Lord Berners, Lennox Berkeley’s exquisite Six Preludes for Piano, and Ravel’s sublime Valses noble et sentimentales (published with Henri Régnier’s quotation “the delicious and forever-new pleasure of a useless occupation”).


Len Vorster

Len Vorster is one of Australia's finest accompanists and is artistic director of Classical Palette (a series of Naxos recordings devoted to contemporary music), of the Schirmer Ensemble, and of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

Track Listing

    Preludes (1926) George Gershwin

  1. I. Allegro 1
  2. II. Andante
  3. III. Allegro 2
  4. Cancion (1900) Manuel de Falla
  5. Serenata (1901) Manuel de Falla
  6. Nocturne (1896) Manuel de Falla
  7. Serenata Andaluza (1900) Manuel de Falla
  8. Valse Capricho (1900) Manuel de Falla
  9. Polka (1941) Lord Berners
  10. Valse (1943) Lord Berners
  11. Six Preludes for Piano, Op. 23 (1945) Lennox Berkeley

  12. I. Allegro
  13. II. Andante
  14. III. Allegro moderato
  15. IV. Allegretto
  16. V. Allegro
  17. VI. Andante
  18. Nocturne No. 5 in B-flat Major (1817) John Field
  19. Lyric Pieces, Op. 54 Nocturne Edvard Grieg
  20. La plus que lente - Valse (1910) Claude Debussy
  21. Les Chemins de l'amour (1940) Francis Poulenc
  22. Valses nobles et sentimentales (1911) Maurice Ravel



George Gershwin

George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known.

Lord Berners

Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners (1883 – 1950), also known as Gerald Tyrwhitt, was a British composer, novelist, painter, and aesthete. He was also known as Lord Berners.

John Field

John Field (1782 – 1837) was an Irish pianist, composer and teacher widely credited as the creator of the nocturne. While other composers were writing in a similar style at this time, Field was the first to use the term 'Nocturne' specifically to apply to a character piece featuring a cantabile melody over an arpeggiated accompaniment.

Claude Debussy

Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions.

Maurice Ravel

Many consider Ravel as a major composer for the piano as well as a genius of orchestration. But it is always a surprise to discover how few works make up his total output for the instrument. All his compositions for piano can be performed in under two and one half hours.

Manuel de Falla

Manuel de Falla was born in 1876 in Cadiz, where he first studied, moving later to Madrid and then to Paris, but returning to Madrid when war broke out in 1914. Influenced by the traditional Andalusian cante jondo, he settled in Granada, where his friends included the poet Federico Garcia Lorca.

Where to buy

Summer Waves is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
May 2024
© 2004 Len Vorster
℗ 2024 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 661
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574066128