1 800 222 6872

David del Tredici: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Marc Peloquin, piano

> Aeolian Ballade (version for piano) - Aeolian Ballade (version for piano)
> Ballad in Lavender - Ballad in Lavender
> Ballad in Yellow (after Garcia-Lorca) - Ballad in Yellow (after Garcia-Lorca)
> S/M Ballade - S/M Ballade
> Gotham Glory - I. West Village Morning (Prelude)
> Gotham Glory - II. Museum Piece (Fugue)
> Gotham Glory - III. Missing Towers (Perpetual Canon)
> Gotham Glory - IV. Wollman Rink (Grand Fantasy on The Skaters' Waltz)

Album Summary

>Del Tredici, David : Aeolian Ballade, for piano
>Del Tredici, David : Ballad in Lavender, for piano
>Del Tredici, David : Ballad in Yellow (after Lorca), for piano
>Del Tredici, David : S/M Ballade, for piano
>Del Tredici, David : Gotham Glory
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Generally recognized as the father of the American Neo-Romantic movement in music, David Del Tredici has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. His recent energetic output for piano solo is due partly to a close artistic collaboration with Marc Peloquin, resulting specifically in S/M Ballade, a "pianistic terror". The finale of Gotham Glory is another virtuoso test, Del Tredici's celebration of New York closing with a Grand Fantasy derived from a waltz by Emil Waldteufel. This is the first of three volumes of David Del Tredici's complete piano music, with its generously rewarding combination of achingly expressive romanticism, subtle references and ever-present sense of covert and overt drama. Pianist Marc Peloquin is the creator and curator of KeyedUp MusicProject, concerts dedicated to musical explorations with piano as the essential element. In these programs, Peloquin brings audiences new perspectives through a thematic approach to repertoire and the juxtaposition of works from different periods and styles.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Fine playing by Mr Peloquin, especially in the less extroverted passages. I enjoyed the collection and hope that most of these pieces find their way onto ambitious student recitals, which is likely their eventual destination. Notes by the composer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: L. Brown Recording Studio, New York, NY, USA.



Reviews

Glorious Counterpoint
David Del Tredici has an affinity for counterpoint -- and the talent to compose it, too. That impression really comes through in this new collection from Naxos. The release is mostly made up of what Del Tredici terms "Ballades," although they're actually paired toccatas and fugues.

The Aeolean Ballade is the most tonal of the bunch, using primarily the white keys on the piano. The Ballade in Lavender and the Ballade in Yellow are more adventurous, with pianistically challenging free sections (the toccata parts) moving to highly structured fugues of breathtaking complexity.

The S/M Ballade mixes tonal and atonal elements in an interesting fashion. The title suggests something edgy, and the music delivers. This is a deliciously dark thrill ride that give the pianist plenty to work with (and the listener plenty to absorb).

Pianist Marc Peloquin is more than up to the challenge of these works. No matter how difficult the material, he never seems to break a sweat. And his interpretation -- especially in the fugal sections -- keeps the music from sounding dry and academic. In Peloquin's hands, complex counterpoint seems to just grow naturally out of what comes before, like a flower blooming.

The title track, Gotham Glory, is Del Tredici's love letter to his native New York City. The work has some Gershwin-like jazz inflections, that provide a NYC flavor to the music, but the composition is Del Tredici's own. The first movement serves as a prelude, and the second is a fugue,and the third a perpetual canon, (which makes the work fit in with the rest of the program).

The fourth movement "Wollman Rink" is subtitled a "Grand Fantasy on the Skaters' Waltz" and is as long as the preceding three movements combined. It harkens back to the grand fantasies of the late romantic composers (with distinctively modern harmonies, however), and is a real showpiece for the pianist. And Peloquin doesn't disappoint.
Submitted on 10/31/12 by RGraves321 
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased



Previous


Next


Works Details

>Del Tredici, David : Aeolian Ballade, for piano
  • Performer: Marc Peloquin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Del Tredici, David : Ballad in Lavender, for piano
  • Performer: Marc Peloquin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Del Tredici, David : Ballad in Yellow (after Lorca), for piano
  • Performer: Marc Peloquin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Del Tredici, David : S/M Ballade, for piano
  • Performer: Marc Peloquin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Del Tredici, David : Gotham Glory :: Four Scenes of New York City, for piano
  • Performer: Marc Peloquin (Piano)
  • Notes: L. Brown Recording Studio, New York, NY, USA (11/14/2009); L. Brown Recording Studio, New York, NY, USA (12/11/2009)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004