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Moonlight Fantasies / Ian Parker, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
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Notes & Reviews:

Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He made his Lincoln Center recital debut at the Walter Reade Theater in 2004. Parker has appeared with such orchestras as the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the National Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. First Prize winner at the 2011 CBC National Radio Competition, Ian Parker has also won the Grand Prize at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Corpus Christie International Competition, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. At The Juilliard School, he received the 2002 William Petschek Piano Debut Award and, on two occasions, he was the winner of the Gina Bachauer Piano Scholarship Competition. Heard regularly on CBC Radio, Mr. Parker has also performed live on WQXR in New York.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University, Clevela.



Reviews

Engaging, albeit at a slightly slow tempo
This recording consists of the two Sonata Quasi Una Fantasia (Op. 27, No. 1 and No. 2) from Beethoven, paired with Schumannís Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17, as well as Chopinís Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49. The well known Moonlight Sonata appears first, and is for the most part well-played, but the tempo seems just a touch slow and the Presto Agitato comes across as being just a hair choppy. This tempo certainly helps make the 3rd movement manageable, as it is a cavalcade of notes and striving emotions. The other Beethoven Sonata (No. 1), is also similarly played, although the querying nature of the 2nd movement seems to really suite Mr. Parkerís style. The 3rd movement is gorgeous, and the 4th, while again not uber smooth, is for the most part well-played. The Schumann Fantasie is where Mr. Parker shines. He gives this romantic music pulse and vigor -- the 2nd movement really gets up and moves, and the 3rd movement brings the listener back down to a comfortable place to end the piece. Unfortunately, the Chopin Fantasy didnít quite have the level of smoothness that I expected Ė it is not that it is performed badly, but the performance simply does not rise to the level of expectation that I had after hearing the Schumann Fantasie. So all said and done, if you are looking for a reasonable interpretation of either of the two Beethoven Sonataís, or are looking for a good rendition of the Schumann Fantasie, then this disc is worth adding to your collection.
Submitted on 05/23/11 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Ian Parker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"
  • Performer: Ian Parker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
  • Performer: Ian Parker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49
  • Performer: Ian Parker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841