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Music for piano by George Rochberg, Paul Chihara, Ned Rorem / Jerome Lowenthal, piano

Album Summary

>Rochberg, George : Carnival Music for piano
>Rochberg, George : Nach Bach, fantasy for harpsichord or piano
>Rochberg, George : Partita variations (12), for piano
>Chihara, Paul : Bagatelles for piano ("Twice Seven Haiku")
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : 75 Notes for Jerry, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Much admired piano virtuoso, Jerome Lowenthal, is heard in a new recording of works with which he has had a particularly close association. The works by Chihara and Rorem were each composed for Lowenthal, as was George Rochberg's Carnival Music. Lowenthal's long association with Rochberg's music is the major focus of this program, and in addition to the authority which he brings to these scores, Lowenthal has written notes about all of the compositions heard here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts & Letters (2013-05-31&2013-06-01&2013-).



Reviews

Potent Post-Modern Program
Pianist Jerome Lowenthal presents an attractive program of works that he has some kind of direct connection to. And that connection makes these not just informed, but exciting and insightful performances.

George Rochberg's compositions make up the bulk of the release, with three works that are similar in construction, yet yield different results. "Carnival Music" (composed for Lowenthal) is a wild mix of academic atonality and commonplace blues, tangos, and marches -- filtered through a fun-house mirror. "Nach Bach" a work Lowenthal champions, is more aggressively atonal, with snatches of Bach interspersed, like sunshine glimpsed through roiling clouds.

"The Partita Variations" features a number of pastiches (again, mixed with atonal elements) that culminate in a decidedly tonal three-part fugue. Lowenthal easily sails through the sudden shifts in style -- one moment playing heart-on-your-sleeve Tchaikovsky, the next icily stabbing disjunct notes across the keyboard.

Paul Chihara's work, "Twice Seven Haiku for Piano," is the result of a suggestion made by Lowenthal to the composer. It's a set of quite short characteristic pieces that cover a wide range of styles and genres. These are fun little musical vignettes that Lowenthal plays with relish. The album concludes with Ned Rorem's "75 Notes for Jerry," written for Lowenthal's 75th birthday. Lowenthal's tender performance makes the work sound very close to Debussy, a fitting end to this post-modern program.
Submitted on 05/27/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Rochberg, George : Carnival Music for piano
  • Performer: Jerome Lowenthal (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters (2013-05-31&2013-06-01&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rochberg, George : Nach Bach, fantasy for harpsichord or piano
  • Performer: Jerome Lowenthal (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters (2013-05-31&2013-06-01&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Rochberg, George : Partita variations (12), for piano
  • Performer: Jerome Lowenthal (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters (2013-05-31&2013-06-01&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Chihara, Paul : Bagatelles for piano ("Twice Seven Haiku")
  • Performer: Jerome Lowenthal (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters (2013-05-31&2013-06-01&2013-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : 75 Notes for Jerry, for piano
  • Performer: Jerome Lowenthal (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters (2013-05-31&2013-06-01&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007