GEORGE ROCHBERG (1918-2005): Piano Music, Vol. 3 - Partita-Variations, Nach Bach, Sonata-Fantasia.
Catalogue Number: 07M088
Description: Rochberg's music has run the gamut from early, tonal, romantic works which sound completely unaffected and not at all concerned with fashion, via atonal and strictly dodecaphonic music, which also manage not to sound dated, to his late style, which incorporates elements of tonality and atonality with apparent indifference to formal musicological considerations, but uses them as appropriate for the maximum expressive and emotional effect. Of course, he always did this - the 1956 Sonata-Fantasia is a tense, gripping work of great emotional content, and is cast in dodecaphonic mold throughout while the 1976 Partita-Variations is a large-scale, 35-minute example of that later period. Sally Pinkas (piano). Original 1999 Gasparo release (12B103).