GEORGE ROCHBERG (1918-2005): Piano Music, Vol. 2 - 12 Bagatelles, 3 Elegiac Pieces, Sonata Seria.
Catalogue Number: 06L099
Description: The 1952 Bagatelles are purely 12-tone pieces which have poignantly descriptive titles and which demonstrate admirably how a composer can write beautiful and compelling serial music if he really wants to. Two of the Elegiac Pieces come from the mid-1940s but were revised when the third was composed in 1998. With a clear emotional progression and quotes which indicate the context of the piece, these are in turn, a regal yet anguished funeral march, an elegy and a brooding and fearsome contemplation from the vantage point of old age. The sonata was written in 1948 but not published until four years ago and it, too, is grave and serious, using a dense chromatic vocabulary and clearly presented traditional forms. Evan Hirsch (piano). Original 2003 Gasparo release (01E058).