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George Perle (1938-1997): 'Eight Pieces' - Classic Suite; Short Sonata; Lyric Intermezzo; Toccata et al. / Michael Brown, piano

Album Summary

>Perle, George : Classic Suite, for piano
>Perle, George : Celebratory Inventions (6) for piano
>Perle, George : Lyric Intermezzo for piano
>Perle, George : Short sonata for piano
>Perle, George : Toccata for piano
>Perle, George : Chansons Cachées, for piano
>Perle, George : Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 20b
>Perle, George : Modal Suite for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

As the George Perle centennial year (2015) nears, pianist Michael Brown makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the American-master's keyboard music. The earliest work on this disc, Classic Suite, as well as the most recently completed composition, Chansons cachées, are world-premiere recordings, with the entire program reflecting the performer's deep involvement with Perle's music over more than a decade. Writing to Michael Brown in 2003, Perle commented that: "it is a privilege to hear my music performed with such sympathy and understanding. Thank you!"

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-).



Reviews

Portrait in eight parts
Every composer should have a champion. For George Perle, that champion is pianist Michael Brown. As a teenaged virtuoso, Brown fell in love with Perle's music and had an opportunity to meet the composer. That developed into a close personal and professional relationship over the years, culminating in this release.

Brown collects not only Perle's published works for solo piano, but some earlier works still unperformed at the time of Perle's death. Brown has a deep understanding of Perle's music, and that makes this collection so exciting to listen to. The eight works span Perle's creative output. The earliest work, the 1938 "Classical Suite" receives it's world premier recording here.

In many ways, it's similar to Prokofiev's "Classical Symphony." While using traditional forms and mostly tonal harmonies, Perle continually plays against expectations as his melodies veer off into unexpected directions.

The "Six Celebratory Inventions" (1989-1997) is the collection that Brown played for Perle as a teenager. Each invention honors a different composer by imitating his style. And while one can hear the dedicatee in each movement -- Leonard Bernstein, Gunther Schuller, Ernst Krenek, et al -- it's all filtered through Perle's inventive imagination, giving this set an overarching sense of cohesion.

Michael Brown has lived with some of these works for a while, and he plays with authority and sensitivity. Perle isn't primarily known for his keyboard compositions. Brown's performances suggest they should be reassessed.
Submitted on 06/18/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Perle, George : Classic Suite, for piano
  • Performer: Michael Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Perle, George : Celebratory Inventions (6) for piano
  • Performer: Michael Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981-1995

>Perle, George : Lyric Intermezzo for piano
  • Performer: Michael Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Perle, George : Short sonata for piano
  • Performer: Michael Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Perle, George : Toccata for piano
  • Performer: Michael Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Perle, George : Chansons Cachées, for piano
  • Performer: Michael Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997

>Perle, George : Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 20b
  • Performer: Michael Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Perle, George : Modal Suite for piano
  • Performer: Michael Brown (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY (2013-05-06_2013-05-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940