GEORGE ROCHBERG (1918-2005): Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Circles of Fire for 2 Pianos.
Catalogue Number: 03L092
Description: This huge, and hugely ambitious, 15-movement cycle sums up many aspects of Rochberg's vastly gifted and accomplished artistic personality. It contains his thoughts on music history and influences, musical philosophy and his own vast repertoire of techniques and craftsmanship. There are movements of overwhelming visceral excitement and virtuosity; static, meditative suspensions of time in free meter; a section (Caprichos, after Goya) of great expressive variety, sometimes suggesting Prokofiev, sometimes Schoenberg; an expanded Bach fugue, and more. The language can be anything from tonal to the most dissonant atonality; dodecaphonically ordered or all but improvised. An astonishing achievement. Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo.