NED ROREM (b.1923): Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3
Catalogue Number: 06I013
Reference: CRC 2874
Description: Early works, dating from 1948, 1950 and 1954, these sonatas are models of concision, wit and knowledge of the instrument (Rorem was a fine pianist also) - two toccata finales give the soloist all he can handle. The influences of Ravel and Poulenc are most prevalent in the Second although Billie Holliday makes an appearance there as well. The First may be more "American" sounding while the Third is the toughest and allows some gritty dissonance but song, the first love of the composer, is never far from any of the eleven movements making up this attractive garland of sonatas. Thomas Lanners (piano).