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Debut - Bach: Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; Schumann: Fantasy in C, Op. 17; Ravel: la Valse; Bartok: Sonata sz.80 / Joseph Rackers piano

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Piano, Sz 80

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Piano, Sz 80
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A graduate of Eastman, Joseph Rackers has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China. He is on the faculty of the University of South Carolina and the Southeastern Piano Festival.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
A disclaimer: I taught Mr Rackers in music history classes when he was a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music. (He was an excellent student!) He now teaches at the University of South Carolina. This is a beautifully played program of four important piano works: the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Schumann's Fantasy, La Valse by Ravel, and the Bartok sonata. I appreciate his unflappable virtuosity in the Ravel and Bartok and the highly expressive accounts of the Bach and Schumann. In every case, he seems committed to letting the composer's voice - as he hears it - come through more clearly than any particular interpretive idiosyncrasy of his own. It's refreshing. Unfortunately, the sound of the release heavily favors low-to midrange frequencies and thus often reminds me of old recordings by Artur Schnabel. Some judicious use of an equalizer improves it quite a bit, though.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Ha (08/2010).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for Piano, Sz 80
  • Performer: Joseph Rackers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926