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Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Piano Music
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
Michael Lewin (piano), Janice Weber (piano)
Griffes: Piano Works, Vol. 2
Michael Lewin (piano), Janice Weber (piano)
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Collected Works for Piano
“Charles Tomlinson Griffes [1884-1920] wrote some of the most beautiful music ever created by an American.”
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
from Antheil to Zappa 1911 to 1991
Death of machines 'Third Piano Sonata'
For Aaron Copland
For William Schuman
Poems of the Sea: Chanty
Music for a Five and Dime
Pieces (3): No. 2
In a Landscape
49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs
first and second realizations
Nickel in the Slot
first recording of Nos. 1 & 3
Our Town: The Resting Place on the Hill
Nine Preludes: No. 6
Makrokosmos, II: Tora! Tora! Tora!
Synchronism No. 6 for Piano and Electronic Sounds
Vertical Thoughts 4
Youth’s Companion: Riddle Song
Impromptu in two Keys
Prelude for a Pensive Pupil
Modern Love Waltz
Prelude and Toccata: Prelude
Pastoral (from In a Nutshell)
American Ballads: Streets of Laredo
A Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen
A Summerfield Set for solo piano
Visionary Landscapes 1-5: excerpts
My Friend Mozart
Twelve Short Piano Pieces, Op. 83: A Boat Slowly Sailing (No. 6)
Six Preludes: Prelude No. 4
Song Without Words
Valse 'In Memoriam Maurice Ravel'
Prelude & Blues: Blues
Three Two-Part Studies
Suicide in an Airplane
Blue Voyage, Op. 6
Four Piano Pieces: No. 4
Veiled Autumn (Kindertodeslied)
From my diary
Valse pour les petits lecteurs du Figaro
Souvenir: Portrait of Paul Bowles
For a Happy Occasion
Red Garnet Waltz
Nocturne: The Sensualist, Dying, Recalls His Protestant Youth
Prelude No. 5
Young, La M:
Study No. 2
Little House I Used to Live in: Piano Introduction
'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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