Route 66: American Piano Music

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Route 66: American Piano Music



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10th Feb 2014




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Route 66: American Piano Music

Adams, J:

China Gates

Barber, S:

Pas de deux arr. from Souvenirs, Op. 28

Beach, A:

Young Birches


For Felicia Montealegre


For Aaron Copland


In a Landscape


Piano Blues Number 1 For Leo Smit

Evans, A K:

Waltz for Debby

Evans, B:

The Peace Piece


Love Walked In

arr. Percy Grainger


Danzas Argentinas: Danza de la moza donosa

Glass, P:

Etude No. 9

Hyung-ki Joo:


Jarrett, K:

My Wild Irish Rose

I Love Porgy (after George Gershwin)

Porter, C:

What Is This Thing Called Love

arr. Raphael Merlin

with Natalie Dessay (soprano)

Shani Diluka (piano)



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Like Jack Kerouac, when he took to the American road, on the legendary Route 66, this Mirare cd hosts a programme as a specific musical path through the United States geographically and musically, "East of my youth, west of my future" (Kerouac).

Shani Diluka has made some new discoveries: Amy Beach, composer of genius; Percy Grainger, who became American by vocation; a world premiere by Hyung-ki Joo, whose 'Chandeliers' was composed in New York after September 11; the hypnotic meditations of John Adams, John Cage and Philip Glass; the South American-influenced Bernstein, Copland and Ginastera; and the intimate link between Gershwin and jazz that inspired Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett. To conclude this journey, Natalie Dessay gives us her unique presence in a new arrangement of Cole Porter composed especially for this disc by Raphael Merlin of the Ebene Quartet.

John Adams: China Gates

China Gates

Keith Jarrett: My Wild Irish Rose

My Wild Irish Rose

Percy Grainger: Lullaby


Samuel Barber: Pas de deux

Pas de deux

Amy Beach: Young Birches

Young Birches

Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby

Waltz for Debby

Philip Glass: Etude No. 9

Etude No. 9

Leonard Bernstein: For Felicia Montealegre

For Felicia Montealegre

John Cage: In a Landscape

In a Landscape

George Gershwin: I Love Porgy

I Love Porgy

Leonard Bernstein: Interlude


Hyung-ki Joo: Chandeliers


Alberto Ginastera: Danza de la mozo donosa

Danza de la mozo donosa

Leonard Bernstein: For Aaron Copland

For Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland: Piano Blues No. 1 “ For Leo Smit ”

Piano Blues No. 1 “ For Leo Smit ”

Bill Evans: Peace Piece

Peace Piece

George Gershwin: Love walked in

Love walked in

Cole Porter: What is this thing called love

What is this thing called love

BBC Music Magazine

May 2014


“Diluka's deft elegant playing displays equal affinity with all styles and approaches.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2014

“Diluka brings appreciable nuance and delicacy to Adams's China Gates and Beach's Young Birches, and infuses the churning minimalist patterns of Glass's Etude No. 9 with more dynamic and colourist range than one often hears from so-called contemporary music specialists.”

International Record Review

April 2014

“Shani Diluka is another pianist with excellent command of her chosen repertoire … the whole concept is highly convincing.”

MusicWeb International

25th March 2014

“Shani Diluka’s eclectic new recital of American music is addictively good … John Adams’ meditative China Gates has never been played better … Diluka’s playing is consistently - I wish there were a more descriptive word - flawless. Exquisite.”

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