Panorama of American Piano Music

CHARLES IVES (1874-1954): The Alcotts from Concord Sonata, LEO ORNSTEIN (1893-2002): Suicide in an Airplane, CHARLES TOMLINSON GRIFFES (1884-1920): 3 Preludes, PERCY GRAINGER (1882-1961): Pastorale from In a Nutshell, AARON COPLAND (1900-1990): 3 Sonnets*, The Resting Place on the Hill from Our Town, HENRY COWELL (1897-1965): Amiable Conversation, IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Valse pour les petits lecteurs du Figaro, GEORGE ANTHEIL (1900-1959): Sonata:  Death of Machines, Valentine Waltzes, ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959): Chanty from Poems of the Sea*, GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937): Impromptu in Two Keys, ZEZ CONFREY (1895-1971): Nickel in the Slot, DANE RUDHYAR (1895-1985): Stars from Third Pentagram (Release), WALLINGFORD RIEGGER (1885-1961): Blue Voyage, Op. 6, HENRY BRANT (1913-2008): Music for a Five and Dime, RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER (1901-1953): Prelude No. 6, PAUL BOWLES (1910-1999): Sonatina Fragmentaria*, CONLON NANCARROW (1912-1997): Blues, JOHN CAGE (1912-1992): Quest, In a Landscape, 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs (two realizations), Souvenir*, ERNST KRENEK (1900-1991): A Boat Slowly Sailing, Op. 83/6, OTTO LUENING (1900-1996): Prelude No. 4, Song Without Words, VIRGIL THOMSON (1896-1989): Souvenir: Portrait of Paul Bowles*, For a Happy Occasion, LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990): For Aaron Copland and For William Schuman from Seven Anniversaries, CARL RUGGLES (1876-1971): Evocations, ROY HARRIS (1898-1979): Streets of Laredo from American Ballads, MORTON GOULD (1913-1996): Prelude, EARLE BROWN (1926-2002): Piece No. 2, MEL POWELL (1923-1998): Etude, LAMONTE YOUNG (b.1935): Study No. 2*, Sarabande*, PEGGY GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990): Prelude for a Pensive Pupil, MORTON FELDMAN (1926-1987): Vertical Thoughts 4, ALAN HOVHANESS (1911-2000): Visionary Landscapes, Op. 214, Nos. 1-3, FRANK ZAPPA (1940-1993): Piano introduction to Little House I Used to Live In, MARIO DAVIDOVSKY (b.1934): Synchronisms No. 6 for Piano and Tape, GEORGE CRUMB (b.1929): Tora! Tora! Tora! form Makrokosmos Vol. 2, LOU HARRISON (1917-2003): A Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen, Sonata from A Summerfiled Set, JOAN TOWER (b.1938): Red Garnet Waltz, TOM CONSTANTEN (b.1944): Dejavalse, ROBERT MORAN (b.1937): Valse "In Memoriam Maurice Ravel", PHILIP GLASS (b.1937): Modern Love Waltz, Opening, FREDERIC RZEWSKI (b.1938): Piano Piece No. 4, CHRISTIAN WOLFF (b.1934): Prelude No. 5, JAMES SELLARS (b.1943): 3 Nocturnes, ROSS LEE FINNEY (1906-1997): Riddle Song from Youth's Companion*, LUKAS FOSS (1922-2009): Solo, ALVIN CURRAN (b.1938): For Cornelius, NILS VIGELAND (b.1950): Nocturne: The Sensualist, Dyning, Recalls His Protestant Youth, STEPHEN PAULUS (b.1949): Dance, KAMRAN INCE (b.1960): My Friend Mozart, JOSEPH SCHWANTNER (b.1943): Veiled Autumn (Kinderotdeslied), ALVIN SINGLETON (b.1940): Changing Faces*, CONLON NANCARROW (1912-1997): 3 Two-Part Studies.

Catalogue Number: 12P064

Label: Mode

Reference: 262/65

Format: CD

Price: $49.98

Description: These recordings, made in a studio in late 1991 and January of 1992, recall a famous recital of May 19, 1984 in Symphony Space, New York, in which Mikhashoff played 70 works in seven hours. As a glance at the monster-sized list above will easily tell you, this is a pretty wide-ranging survey of cutting-edge American piano music form 1911 to 1991. Several works are listed as First Recordings * in the booklet but it's unclear whether that means at the time they were recorded or as of now. Nine pages of notes with nine photos of the pianist with some of the composers and three pages of notes by Mikhashoff for a single CD release of part of this repertoire. 4 CDs. Ivar Mikhashoff (piano).


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