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Amy Beach: Piano Music, Vol. 3 - The Mature Years / Kirsten Johnson, piano

Album Summary

>Beach, Amy : Fantasia fugata, for piano, Op. 87
>Beach, Amy : Les Reves de Colombine, suite for piano, Op. 65
>Beach, Amy : The Lotos Isles, song for voice & piano, Op. 76/2
>Beach, Amy : Prelude and Fugue for piano, Op. 81
>Beach, Amy : From Blackbird Hills, for piano, Op. 83
>Beach, Amy : The Fair Hills of Eire, O!, for piano (or organ), Op. 91
>Beach, Amy : The Hermit Thrush at Eve for piano, Op. 92/1
>Beach, Amy : The Hermit Thrush at Morn, Op. 92/2
>Beach, Amy : From Grandmother's Garden, pieces (5) for piano, Op. 97
>Beach, Amy : Farewell Summer, for piano, Op. 102/1
>Beach, Amy : Dancing Leaves, for piano, Op. 102/2
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Notes & Reviews:

This third disc in Guild's series of Amy Beach's piano music incorporates music composed between 1907 and 1924. It was a transitional time in her life, as her husband died in 1910 and she was free to pursue her own interests, which involved a European tour promoting her music; a move to New Hampshire and the beginning of a long relationship with the MacDowell Colony.

Audiophile Audition
I could listen to this album over and over. Needless to say, Kirsten Johnson is on top of this music in a big way.

MusicWeb International
Ability to hold fast to the music's sentiment and not give way to sentimentality is one of Johnson's sterling qualities...this is one of the very best piano recordings I've heard; the acoustic seems well nigh ideal, as does the balance, and that makes already fine playing sound all the more immersive. The botanical bounties of Grandmother's Garden bloom with the same ear-catching colours that permeate so much of Beach's music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010).



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>Beach, Amy : Fantasia fugata, for piano, Op. 87
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : Les Reves de Colombine, suite for piano, Op. 65
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : The Lotos Isles, song for voice & piano, Op. 76/2
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : Prelude and Fugue for piano, Op. 81
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Beach, Amy : From Blackbird Hills, for piano, Op. 83
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : The Fair Hills of Éiré, O!, for piano (or organ), Op. 91
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : The Hermit Thrush at Eve for piano, Op. 92/1
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Beach, Amy : The Hermit Thrush at Morn, Op. 92/2
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Beach, Amy : From Grandmother's Garden, pieces (5) for piano, Op. 97
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : Farewell Summer, for piano, Op. 102/1
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : Dancing Leaves, for piano, Op. 102/2
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (03/04/2010-03/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic