HENRY COWELL (1897-1965): Synchrony, Piano Concerto, LOU HARRISON (1917-2003): Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra, EDGARD VARÈSE (1883-1965): Amériques (1927 version).

Catalogue Number: 11O010

Label: SFS Media

Reference: SFS 0056

Format: CD

Price: $23.98

Description: "American Mavericks" is the title of this compendium of recordings taken from two live concerts in 2010 and 2012 with Cowell's trademark polytonality and colorful use of tone-clusters to the fore in both of his pieces, although the 13-minute Synchrony of 1930, written for a Martha Graham ballet which she never finished choreographing, also has its share of attractive lyricism. Although there was a digital recording of the piano concerto on col legno 11 years ago, the only other CD recording (no longer available) of Synchrony was the old CRI. Harrison's 1972-73 concerto dazzles with its scintillating colors, derived from Asian percussion styles and exotic scales, and equally exotic melodies and compelling rhythms. Jeremy Denk (piano), Paul Jacobs (organ), San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas.


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