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Gheorghe Costinescu (b.1934): An Evolving Cycle, looking back to the Baroque and forward into the 21st century / Stephen Gosling, piano

Album Summary

>Costinescu, Gheorghe : Theme & variations, for piano
>Costinescu, Gheorghe : Piano Sonata
>Costinescu, Gheorghe : Evolving Cycle of Two-Part Modal Inventions, for piano
>Costinescu, Gheorghe : Essay in Sound, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Musical idioms have changed and adapted over centuries. On An Evolving Cycle, Gheorghe Costinescu's sophomore Ravello Records release featuring four works for solo piano, the composer explores the transition of these idioms from Baroque to 21st century contemporary, charting the evolution of form and technique with a deft control of style. Stephen Gosling, a ubiquitous New York City pianist hailed as 'brilliant' and 'luminous and poised' (New York Times), performs the four works: Theme and Variations, an energetic, virtuosic and challenging piece with a chorale-like theme; Sonata for the Piano, a combination of classical sonata and variation forms with elements of ragtime and jazz; Evolving Cycle of Two-Part Modal Inventions for Piano, an intervallic, multi-part piece unitizing a number of ranges; and Essay in Sound, a reflection of Costinescu's own experience and thoughts on the piano.



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Works Details

>Costinescu, Gheorghe : Theme & variations, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Gosling (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1956

>Costinescu, Gheorghe : Piano Sonata
  • Performer: Stephen Gosling (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1957

>Costinescu, Gheorghe : Evolving Cycle of Two-Part Modal Inventions, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Gosling (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Costinescu, Gheorghe : Essay in Sound, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Gosling (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011