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'Book of Horizons' - works by Julius Eastman, Gene Tyranny, Stuart Saunders Smith, Michael Byron / Joseph Kubera, piano

Album Summary

>Eastman, Julius : Piano 2, for piano
>Tyranny, "Blue" Gene : The Drifter, for piano solo
>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Fences, In Three Tragedies, for piano
>Byron, Michael [Composer] : Book of Horizons, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Joseph Kubera's program, conceptually, is somewhere in the middle; but his playing is consistently mesmerizing. Michael Byron's Book of Horizons sounds impossibly difficult. Kubera's performance is steadfast while thoughtful.

It's high time that we celebrate Joseph Kubera's thirty-plus years of contributions to contemporary American music. This modest man from upstate New York is one of this country's greatest living pianists. Standard clichés don't do Kubera justice, so rare is his ability to conquer the most difficult music, and to simply reveal its great beauty through his care for it. Robert Carl of Fanfare magazine has written: "I think he may well be this era's David Tudor - virtuosic, smart as hell, far more eclectic in his tastes than you might think, with a marathoner's strength to deal with any transcendental performance challenge." The four pieces on this recording include two works written especially for him - Byron's Book of Horizons (2009) and "Blue" Gene Tyranny's The Drifter (1994) - and two pieces written independently, but ones that have never been recorded, namely Julius Eastman's Piano 2 (1986), and Stuart Saunders Smith's Fences, in Three Tragedies (1998).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City (06/02/2013-06/03/2013).



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Works Details

>Eastman, Julius : Piano 2, for piano
  • Performer: Joseph Kubera (Piano)
  • Notes: Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City (06/02/2013-06/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Tyranny, "Blue" Gene : The Drifter, for piano solo
  • Performer: Joseph Kubera (Piano)
  • Notes: Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City (06/02/2013-06/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Smith, Stuart Saunders : Fences, In Three Tragedies, for piano
  • Performer: Joseph Kubera (Piano)
  • Notes: Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City (06/02/2013-06/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Byron, Michael [Composer] : Book of Horizons, for piano
  • Performer: Joseph Kubera (Piano)
  • Notes: Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City (06/02/2013-06/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009