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Shawn: Piano Music Vol 2

Album Summary

>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 2
>Shawn, Allen : Messages, pieces (6) for piano
>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 3
>Shawn, Allen : Nostalgia Pieces (2), for piano
>Shawn, Allen : Elegies (3), for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

This CD of recent piano music by Allen Shawn provides the opportunity for repeated consideration of his very personal, confessional approach to the piano, as well as the sequel to musical topics more implicit than explicit in his first piano solo recording on Albany Records. Shawn's music reveals a unique and complete musical universe, the result of perfect fusion of the musical sensibility of the composer and the intellectual image of the work. Shawn's rare gift is his ability to confide his innermost thoughts and feelings through music that is at once well crafted and emotionally accessible.

"This is Volume II of Allen Shawn's piano music on Albany. I have the first, and actually thought I'd reviewed it, but checking my files suggests no. So it's a pleasure to finally put my admiration in print. Shawn (b. 1948) is on the surface a "conservative" composer in that his music doesn't experiment with either radical compositional techniques or unusual delivery media. He's an exceptional pianist, one of the best of those combining top-flight performance and compositional skills. His music is tonally rooted and embraces the traditional rhetoric of the last couple of centuries, but it never sounds like a knockoff of some other composer... Shawn is a deeply expressive, substantive composer who writes music that remains with you and invites contemplation and relistening... The two sonatas are for me the highlight of the set... Shawn has a refined dramatic sensibility, which comes in part from extensive work writing music for theater... I find this a great disc of new keyboard works that I hope will also make its way into the ears, and ultimately hands, of pianists everywhere." - Robert Carl, Fanfare



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>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Allen Shawn (Piano)
  • Notes: Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, Unites States (06/09/2008-06/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Shawn, Allen : Messages, pieces (6) for piano
  • Performer: John Buskirk (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 3
  • Performer: Allen Shawn (Piano)
  • Notes: Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, Unites States (06/09/2008-06/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Shawn, Allen : Nostalgia Pieces (2), for piano
  • Performer: Allen Shawn (Piano)
  • Notes: Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, Unites States (06/09/2008-06/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983-2007

>Shawn, Allen : Elegies (3), for piano
  • Performer: Allen Shawn (Piano)
  • Notes: Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, Unites States (06/09/2008-06/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007