John Harbison. Works for Piano.

‘Se-Hee Jin has been boldly exploring my piano music ever since our first meeting at Tanglewood, decades ago. She is the fearless and insightful interpreter that all composers hope to meet. Her performances and recordings have reminded me why I have returned so often to music for piano solo, the most complete field of command for a single performer. I’m grateful to her for assembling this album, representing works from each decade, 1985 to 2018.’

John Harbison


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison is recognised as one of the dominant figures of his generation, with commissions from most of America’s leading musical institutions as part of a catalogue of more than 300 works. Pianist Se-Hee Jin has been exploring Harbison’s oeuvre with fearless and insightful interpretations ever since their first meeting at Tanglewood many years ago. From the rhapsodic and virtuoso First Piano Sonata to the fleeting images of the Leonard Stein Anagrams and the playful Gatsby Etudes, this programme represents works from the 1980s to the present, including several world premiere recordings.

Listen to an extract from 4 More Occasional Pieces:
No. 4. Tango, “Seen from ground level” (for Milo Feinberg, also for Alan and Janet)
About the Artist

Pianist Se-Hee Jin has appeared at the Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Kaufman Music Center, and Seiji Ozawa Hall. She has participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival as a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and the Banff Summer Arts Festival, Canada. Jin performs a wide range of repertoire, from Baroque to contemporary works, and has performed and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, China, and Korea. She currently serves as assistant professor of piano at Texas Tech University.

More albums of music by John Harbison
‘Harbison at his simplest is endearing, and the playing here is ravishing.’
Rivera • Martens • Phan • Markgraf
Nashville Symphony Chorus and Orchestra • Guerrero
‘It’s an excellent rendering of the performance … Highly recommended and kudos to Naxos for their continuing American Classics series which gifts us with these kinds of inspiring works.’
Audiophile Audition ★★★★
Chamber Music
Lieberson • Lodine • The Chicago Chamber Musicians
‘Very definitely a disc to investigate.’
Four Songs of Solitude
Variations • Twilight Music

Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Jansen • Oudenweijer • Krug • Blumenthal
‘Violinist Janine Jansen, clarinetist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, and pianist Daniel Blumenthal fashion terrific ensemble playing and really bring this music to life.’
For the complete list of albums featuring John Harbison’s music follow this link.

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