Griffes: Three Preludes

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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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Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Piano Works, Vol. 2

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Piano Works, Vol. 2


Griffes:

The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan

Three Preludes

Piece in E major

Dance in A minor

Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6

Piece in D minor

Piece in B-flat major

Hansel und Gretel: Overture

Symphonische Phantasie (version for 2 pianos)


Michael Lewin (piano), Janice Weber (piano)

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Griffes: Piano Works, Vol. 2

Griffes: Piano Works, Vol. 2


Griffes:

The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan

Three Preludes

Piece in E major

Dance in A minor

Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6

Piece in D minor

Piece in B-flat major

Hansel und Gretel: Overture

Symphonische Phantasie (version for 2 pianos)


Michael Lewin (piano), Janice Weber (piano)

Naxos American Classics - 8559046

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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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Panorama of American Piano Music

Panorama of American Piano Music

from Antheil to Zappa 1911 to 1991


Antheil:

Death of machines 'Third Piano Sonata'

Valentine Waltzes

Bernstein:

For Aaron Copland

For William Schuman

Bloch, E:

Poems of the Sea: Chanty

Bowles:

Sonatina Fragmentaria

first recording

Brant:

Music for a Five and Dime

Brown, Earle:

Pieces (3): No. 2

Cage:

Quest

In a Landscape

49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs

first and second realizations

Souvenir

Confrey:

Nickel in the Slot

Constanten:

Dejavalse

Copland:

Sonnets (3)

first recording of Nos. 1 & 3

Our Town: The Resting Place on the Hill

Cowell, H:

Amiable Conversation

Crawford Seeger:

Nine Preludes: No. 6

Crumb, G:

Makrokosmos, II: Tora! Tora! Tora!

Curran:

For Cornelius

Davidovsky, M:

Synchronism No. 6 for Piano and Electronic Sounds

Feldman, M:

Vertical Thoughts 4

Finney:

Youth’s Companion: Riddle Song

Foss:

Solo

Gershwin:

Impromptu in two Keys

Glanville-Hicks:

Prelude for a Pensive Pupil

Glass, P:

Modern Love Waltz

Opening

Gould, M:

Prelude and Toccata: Prelude

Grainger:

Pastoral (from In a Nutshell)

Griffes:

Three Preludes

Harris, Roy:

American Ballads: Streets of Laredo

Harrison, L:

A Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen

A Summerfield Set for solo piano

Hovhaness:

Visionary Landscapes 1-5: excerpts

Ince:

My Friend Mozart

Ives, C:

The Alcotts

Krenek:

Twelve Short Piano Pieces, Op. 83: A Boat Slowly Sailing (No. 6)

Luening:

Six Preludes: Prelude No. 4

Song Without Words

Moran, R:

Valse 'In Memoriam Maurice Ravel'

Nancarrow:

Prelude & Blues: Blues

Three Two-Part Studies

Ornstein:

Suicide in an Airplane

Paulus:

Dance

Powell, M:

Etude

Riegger:

Blue Voyage, Op. 6

Rudhyar:

Third Pentagram

Ruggles:

Evocations: excerpts

Rzewski:

Four Piano Pieces: No. 4

Schwantner:

Veiled Autumn (Kindertodeslied)

Sellars, J:

Nocturnes

Sessions:

From my diary

Singleton:

Changing Faces

first recording

Stravinsky:

Valse pour les petits lecteurs du Figaro

Thomson, V:

Souvenir: Portrait of Paul Bowles

first recording

For a Happy Occasion

Tower:

Red Garnet Waltz

Vigeland:

Nocturne: The Sensualist, Dying, Recalls His Protestant Youth

Wolff, C:

Prelude No. 5

Young, La M:

Study No. 2

Sarabande

Zappa, Frank:

Little House I Used to Live in: Piano Introduction


Yvar Mikhashoff (piano)

'Panorama of American Piano Music' is a comprehensive survey of 20th century piano works, beginning with Ives’ “The Alcotts” movement from the 'Concord Sonata' (1912) through Lou Harrison’s 'Summerfield Set' (1988). Every decade is represented with works from between those years. Pianist Yvar Mikhashoff (1941–93) was a master at presenting marathon concerts on a single theme. The 'Panorama' was one of them, exploring the remarkable diversity of 20th century American music, from serialism to minimalism, populist to avant garde experimentalism, short works for amateur pianists to virtuoso pieces. Never before has such a survey of piano music been represented.

62 works, presented in chronological order, from composers Antheil to Zappa, written between the years 1912-88. Over 15 first recordings, including Copland, Bowles, Thomson and LaMonte Young. Many works are unpublished, some taken from manuscripts.

“There are some real rarities here...while the stylistic range is formidably wide...It's sometimes bitty and inconsequential, but always engaging – and a fine memorial to an intrepid musician.” The Guardian, 19th June 2014 ***

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