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Gary Smart: Turtle Dreams of Flight

Album Summary

>Smart, Gary : Sonata for Piano no 1
>Smart, Gary : Pieces (3) for piano
>Smart, Gary : Sonata for Piano no 2
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Performing his own music for piano on this recording, Gary Smart considers himself an improvising composer-pianist who finds ideas at the keyboard and works them out in an active engagement with the instrument. Smart contends that the piano can create subtle and complex orchestral textures, wonderful tonal variations and most of all - the piano can sing. This recording adds to his discography on Albany Records. Previous recordings include a disc of sonatas, one of rags and one of songs.

"Smart is a terrific pianist (he trained to be a concert pianist before he studied composition), which you can hear even though this is not standard repertoire and therefore not subject to comparison. His rich tone, quicksilver fingerwork in embellishments and other delicate writing, and, chiefly, his buoyant and natural pulse are all the marks of a superior technician. Recorded sound is excellent, natural and full-bodied, which is also a good description of this compelling and uniquely expressive music." - Peter Burwasser, Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Friday Musicale Hall, Jacksonville, FL.



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Works Details

>Smart, Gary : Sonata for Piano no 1
  • Performer: Gary Smart (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Smart, Gary : Pieces (3) for piano
  • Performer: Gary Smart (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smart, Gary : Sonata for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Gary Smart (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007