MARGA RICHTER (b.1926): Sonata, Remembrances, 8 Pieces, JACOB DRUCKMAN (b.1928): The Seven Deadly Sins, VINCENT PERSICHETTI (1915-1987): Sonata No. 9, Op. 58.
Catalogue Number: 12N070
Reference: TROY 1310
Description: The diversity of styles to be found among Persichetti's students points to his own expressive range as a composer. The ninth sonata is clear and elegant; Winter Solstice, Persichetti's last completed work, is dense in texture, with a rather nostalgic, melancholy air and an extended sense of tonality. Richter's 1954 sonata is a big, impressive work in three movements, tonally organized and combining atmosphere and drama in a tautly argued, linear structure, with tough outer movements framing an hypnotic slow movement, interrupted by violent outbursts. Remembrances is neo-romantic, while the brief Pieces are dissonant, with an improvisatory feel. Druckman's only work for solo piano is a set of variations which wittily use musical forms - for instance, a waltz that is too lazy to actually start dancing (Sloth), a self-consuming fugato (Gluttony) - to illustrate the catalogue of moral offenses. The work is clever, appealing and approachable, and satisfyingly substantial despite its tongue-in-cheek approach to the subject. Richard Zimdars (piano).