Griffes: De Profundis

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Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Piano Music

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Piano Music


Griffes:

Three Tone Poems

Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6

Roman Sketches, Op. 7

Piano Sonata in F sharp minor

De Profundis

Winter Landscape

Three Preludes


The American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes’s piano works represent a remarkable musical achievement. Griffes was active as a composer for little more than twelve years, and did not write prolifically, but nevertheless produced pieces of great maturity which are both concise and extraordinarily powerful, showing the contemporary European influences to which he was exposed but also demonstrating a highly individual compositional voice. His Roman Sketches Op 7 contains his most famous work, ‘The White Peacock’—an acknowledged Impressionist masterpiece—while the final movement, ‘Clouds’, clearly heralds the language of modernism.

Almost all of Griffes’s piano music is present here, and the composer has never been better served on record than by his compatriot Garrick Ohlsson, who here applies the full force of his interpretive and technical prowess.

“There are pieces here that combine the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel with the obsessive thematic working of Scriabin; others, a bit later, that suggest the primitivism of Stravinsky and Prokofiev...as Garrick Ohlsson's superb performances show, Griffes's piano writing is wonderfully fluent” The Guardian, 25th April 2013 ****

“Hugely commanding and authoritative; a landmark in every way.” MusicWeb International, 15th May 2013

“I was only a few seconds into listening to this CD...when I realised it was going to be very special indeed. Hyperion's immaculate piano sound helps, too. But Ohlsson's phrasing is perfect: no exaggeration, simply rapturous harmonic textures projecting elegant melodies...Griffes can never have sounded better.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“Ohlsson's performances throughout are a judicious blend of absolute technical security and fantasy, giving especially appealing treatment to the simple melodies that emerge occasionally from Griffes's teeming textures...this disc makes a compelling case for a masterly figure in American musical history.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 *****

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Griffes: Piano Works, Vol. 1

Griffes: Piano Works, Vol. 1


Griffes:

Piano Sonata in F sharp minor

Three Tone Poems

De Profundis

Roman Sketches, Op. 7

Winter Landscape

Rhapsody in B minor

Barcarolle, Op. 6 No. 1

Legend

Preludes (4), Op. 40


Michael Lewin (piano)

Naxos American Classics - 8559023

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Griffes: 3 Tone Pictures, De Profundis & Sonata

Griffes: 3 Tone Pictures, De Profundis & Sonata


Griffes:

Piano Sonata in F sharp minor

The Lake at Evening

The Vale of Dreams

The Night Winds

De Profundis

Roman Sketches, Op. 7

Winter Landscape

Rhapsody in B minor

Barcarolle, Op. 6 No. 1

Legend

Prelude in B minor


Michael Lewin (piano)

Marco Polo - 8223850

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Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Collected Works for Piano

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Collected Works for Piano


Griffes:

Clouds

Dance in A minor

De Profundis

Legend

Nightfall

Piece in B-flat major

Piece in D minor

Piece in E major

Sonata (1918)

The Fountain of the Acqua Paola

The Lake at Evening

The Night Winds

The Vale of Dreams

The White Peacock

Three Preludes


Denver Oldham (piano)

“Charles Tomlinson Griffes [1884-1920] wrote some of the most beautiful music ever created by an American.”

-Winthrop Sargeant

Among the small but precious body of work that constitutes his legacy, Griffes’s piano music occupies a substantial and significant place. An extremely accomplished pianist himself, Griffes composed music for the piano throughout his brief life. This comprehensive overview, chronologically sequenced, enables the listener to trace Griffes’s compositional development over the arc of his career. The peaks of his achievement in the genre are all here: his best-known piano work, The White Peacock; his “tribute to Wagner,” the brooding De Profundis; Clouds, which can stand comparison with Debussy's composition of the same name; The Fountain of the Acqua Paola, a stunning piece of “water music” in the tradition of Liszt and Ravel; the cryptic and enigmatic Three Preludes of 1919; and the Sonata for Piano, his masterpiece and one of the classics of American music.

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