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ROCHBERG, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Carnival Music / 4 Short Sonatas / Variations on an Original Theme (Pinkas)


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ROCHBERG, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Carnival Music / 4 Short Sonatas / Variations on an Original Theme (Pinkas)

Opposites abound in George Rochberg’s music, never more so perhaps than in Carnival Music, his only piano work to employ popular musical idioms, where one encounters exuberance and introspection, great power and deep reflection. His Four Short Sonatas hark back to a time when ‘sonata’ referred to a single-movement composition, though Rochberg has cunningly grouped these brief pieces into a work that follows the Classical four-movement pattern. Unabashedly beautiful and shamelessly expressive, the Variations on an Original Theme is a virtuosic composition in the unsettling key of D flat major.

Rochberg, George

  Carnival Music
1.   I. Fanfares and March 00:04:12
2.   II. Blues 00:05:07
3.   III. Largo doloroso 00:05:04
4.   IV. Sfumato 00:08:00
5.   V. Toccata - Rag 00:05:13
  4 Short Sonatas
6.   No. 1. Poco allegro piacevole 00:04:22
7.   No. 2. Molto rubato 00:04:21
8.   No. 3. Allegro assai 00:01:44
9.   No. 4. Presto 00:02:08
  Variations on an Original Theme
10.   Variations on an Original Theme 00:28:33

Total Playing Time: 01:08:44

Rochberg, George

Pinkas, Sally

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559634

Barcode: 636943963425

Physical Release: 08/2010

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