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BOLCOM, W.: Piano Solo Music (Oppens, Taylor, Finehouse, Olevsky)

    

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BOLCOM, W.: Piano Solo Music (Oppens, Taylor, Finehouse, Olevsky)

William Bolcom was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 12 New Etudes for piano, and his music has always revolved around works for the instrument on which he still performs as a soloist and accompanist. This collection of mostly première recordings reveals student pieces that negotiate 20th-century musical battles between the avant-garde influences of Boulez and Messiaen and Bolcom’s love of Schumann, as well as later work that embraces the 1960s ragtime revival and draws inspiration from friends and colleagues in every phase of his distinguished six-decade career. Elegantly performed by friends of the composer, this wide-ranging program is summed up by Bolcom as ‘cleaning house’ in the Charles Ives tradition.



Disc 1

Bolcom, William

  New York Lights, Concert Paraphrase
1.   New York Lights, Concert Paraphrase 00:03:32
  Fantasy-Sonata
2.   I. Maestoso, ma non largo 00:08:10
3.   II. Burlesque: Allegro, very rhythmic 00:02:58
4.   III. Andante, cantando ed un poco misterioso - Variations - Andante 00:08:51
5.   IV. Finale: Burlesqued Variations and coda 00:05:09
  3 Dance Portraits
6.   No. 1. The Dead Moth Tango 00:04:56
7.   No. 2. Knock - Stück 00:04:13
8.   No. 3. Abbacadabra 00:04:21
  Spring Dances
9.   No. 1. Lively 00:01:56
10.   No. 2. Slow and contemplative 00:01:38
11.   No. 3. Clowns: Fast and with humor 00:01:34
12.   No. 4. Cantabile 00:02:09


Disc 2

Bolcom, William

  12 Piano Etudes (revised 1966 version)
1.   Book 1: No. 1. Slowly, mysteriously 00:02:13
2.   Book 1: No. 2. Flowing, underground 00:01:38
3.   Book 1: No. 3. Sonorously, moderato 00:01:26
4.   Book 1: No. 4. With constrained expression 00:02:40
5.   Book 2: No. 5. Tranquil, mystic 00:03:05
6.   Book 2: No. 6. Scherzino - Variations 00:01:05
7.   Book 2: No. 7. Fast and declamatory; Ferociously; Scherzando 00:03:29
8.   Book 2: No. 8. Softly, very slowly 00:03:37
9.   Book 3: No. 9. Tremolando 00:01:59
10.   Book 3: No. 10. Gestures 00:03:11
11.   Book 3: No. 11. Very rhythmic, light 00:01:26
12.   Book 3: No. 12. Apotheosis: Slowly, with majesty 00:09:40
  Night Pieces
13.   No. 1. Andante 00:01:30
14.   No. 2. quarter note = 86 00:00:32
15.   No. 3. Sostenuto 00:01:35
16.   No. 4. quarter note = 92 00:01:38
17.   No. 5. Largo 00:01:58
  Conversations with Andre
18.   No. 1. Molto allegro 00:00:47
19.   No. 2. Moderato, comodo 00:00:44
20.   No. 3. Presto 00:00:27
21.   No. 4. Andantino. Più lento 00:00:49
22.   No. 5. Allegro risoluto 00:00:20
23.   No. 6. Andante maestoso 00:01:02
  Estela: Rag Latino
24.   Estela: Rag Latino 00:05:18
  Night Meditations
25.   No. 1. Moderato 00:02:38
26.   No. 2. Cantabile 00:02:02
27.   No. 3. Lively - Misterioso 00:02:43
28.   No. 4. Calmo, moderato 00:01:19


Disc 3

Bolcom, William

  Romantic Pieces
1.   No. 1. Andantino 00:01:25
2.   No. 2. Allegro grazioso 00:01:19
3.   No. 3. Lento sostenuto 00:04:02
4.   No. 4. Presto ma non troppo 00:05:03
5.   No. 5. Andante grazioso e piacevole 00:04:19
6.   No. 6. Chorale 00:02:21
7.   No. 7. Allegretto 00:06:09
  The Brooklyn Dodge
8.   The Brooklyn Dodge 00:05:43
  Variations on a Theme by George Rochberg
9.   Variations on a Theme by George Rochberg 00:08:17
  Dream Music No. 1
10.   Dream Music No. 1 00:11:11
  Ballade
11.   Ballade 00:13:09

Total Playing Time: 02:53:16






Composer(s):
Bolcom, William

Artist(s):
Finehouse, Constantine; Olevsky, Estela; Oppens, Ursula; Taylor, Christopher

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Instrumental

Catalogue No: 8.559832-34

Barcode: 636943983225

Physical Release: 12/2017

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