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Ronald Center (1913-1973): Piano Music / Christopher Guild, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Center — Piano Sonata: I. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Center — Piano Sonata: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Center — Piano Sonata: III. Andante - Presto ed appassionato - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Center — Piano Sonata: IV. Molto allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Center — 6 Bagatelles, Op. 3: No. 1, Poco adagio e teneramente $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Center — 6 Bagatelles, Op. 3: No. 2, Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Center — 6 Bagatelles, Op. 3: No. 3, Mesto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Center — 6 Bagatelles, Op. 3: No. 4, Energico e ritmico $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Center — 6 Bagatelles, Op. 3: No. 5, AndantiNo. Tempo rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Center — 6 Bagatelles, Op. 3: No. 6, Vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Center — Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Center — Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Center — Air $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Center — Pantomime: No. 1, Pantaloon $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Center — Pantomime: No. 2, Columbine $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Center — Pantomime: No. 3, Harlequin $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Center — Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Center — Sonatine: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Center — Sonatine: II. Poco adagio. Tempo rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Center — Sonatine: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Center — Hommage $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Center — 3 Etudes: No. 1, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Center — 3 Etudes: No. 2, Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Center — 3 Etudes: No. 3, Allegro moto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Center — Impromptu $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Center — 3 Movements for Piano: No. 1, Prelude. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Center — 3 Movements for Piano: No. 2, Poco Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Center — 3 Movements for Piano: No. 3, Toccata. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Center, Ronald : Sonata for piano
>Center, Ronald : Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op 3
>Center, Ronald : Andante, for piano
>Center, Ronald : Sarabande, for piano
>Center, Ronald : Air, for piano
>Center, Ronald : Pantomime, for piano
>Center, Ronald : Larghetto, for piano
>Center, Ronald : Sonatine, for piano
>Center, Ronald : Hommage, for piano
>Center, Ronald : Etudes (3), for piano
>Center, Ronald : Impromptu, for piano
>Center, Ronald : Movements (3), for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

  • Ronald Center (1913-73) is sometimes described as 'the Scottish Bartok'.
  • His music shows affinities with the music of Busoni, Debussy, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams.
  • The Scottish pianist Christopher Guild is a strong advocate of contemporary and lesser-known repertoire. Christopher's investigation into the piano music of his homeland will continue with works by Ronald Stevenson, also for Toccata Classics. The youngest-ever winner of the Moray Piano Competition to this day.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Of the shorter works some are lively trifles. Many of the slower numbers are wistful and some quite beautiful. 'Columbine', from the 5-minute triptych Pantomine, and 'Larghetto', a 3-minute singleton, are lovely miniature dream-visions. This is one of those collections where each time one listens to it, one finds more to like. And with 28 tracks, there's a lot to like here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013).



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Works Details

>Center, Ronald : Sonata for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op 3
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Andante, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Sarabande, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Air, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Pantomime, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Larghetto, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Sonatine, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Hommage, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Etudes (3), for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Impromptu, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Center, Ronald : Movements (3), for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Guild (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (04/26/2013/04/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary