ALLEN SHAWN (b.1948): Piano Sonata No. 4, 5 Preludes, 3 Jazz Preludes, 3 Recollections, 3 Reveries, Valentine, Growl.

Catalogue Number: 12Q061

Label: Coviello Classics

Reference: COV 91414

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Shawn is a pianist-composer with a widely diversified style, consistently approachable and pianistic. Harmonically, his idiom encompasses a range between very tonal (Five Preludes, Jazz Preludes) and intensely chromatic (Recollections, Reveries, Growl, the latter full of sound and fury and approaching a kind of unthreatening atonality). This eclectic vocabulary, effortless pianistic skill and communicative accessibility recall Rzewski, and the adventurous, flexible harmonic thinking not infrequently bring to mind another major composer-pianist of our time, Ronald Stevenson. Even in the pieces that aren't explicitly jazz-derived, jazz harmonies have a tendency to make a guest appearance, while the Jazz Preludes are elegan t pieces of concert jazz, two slow and soulful, the second a lovely spiritual, and a lively ragtime finale. The concise three-movement sonata, its outer movements much more overtly tonal than the questing, nocturnal central slow movement, is a significant piece whose expressive range belies its comparative brevity. It is in the ambiguous, rather haunted slow music that one gets a glimpse of the composer's well documented difficult psychological life; the active, extrovert pieces radiate breezy, affirmative bonhomie; it is the perceptible tension between the two that gives the composer's output its striking emotional depth. Julia Bartha (piano).


(requires cookies enabled)


Need to register? Click here.

(requires cookies enabled)

Your cart is currently empty.