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Ulrich Roman Murtfeld: 'American Recital' - works by Gottschalk, Gershwin, Glass, Rzewski & Barber / Ulrich Roman Murtfeld, piano

Album Summary

>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Pasquinade, caprice for piano, Op. 59, D. 113 (RO 189)
>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Ricordati, nocturne for piano, Op. 26, D. 133 (RO 227)
>Gottschalk, Louis M. : The Last Hope, meditation for piano, Op. 16, D. 80 (RO 133)
>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Berceuse, cradle song for piano, Op. 47, D. 20 (RO 27)
>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Le Banjo, esquisse américaine for piano, 4 hands (arranged by Jerome Moross), Op. 15, (RO 23)
>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
>Glass, Philip : Glassworks
>Rzewski, Frederic : Piano Piece no 4
>Barber, Samuel : Nocturne for Piano, Op. 33 "Homage to John Field"
>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This SACD with compositions by Louis Moreau Gottschalk , George Gershwin , Samuel Barber , Frederic Rzewski and Philip Glass presents a cross-section of North American piano music from 1850 to 1980. It offers the listener the possibility to become immersed in a fascinating musical cosmos which is, above all, notable for its stylistic variety. This is characteristic of American music's search for its identity from the very beginning of its history: a lack of historical references is replaced by a plethora of ethnic-social phenomena and the principle of permanent cultural exchange. Gottschalk became an early pioneer of the &dbquo;crossover" and Gershwin merged jazz and art music to form a unique entity. With his monumental Piano Sonata and the Nocturne, Samuel Barber delivered brilliant examples of a tonally and formally conservative yet powerful and compellingly individual language. In contrast, Philip Glass and Frederic Rzewski represent contemporary positions, with the extremes of minimalism and avant-gardism, of an advanced American modernism that nonetheless continues to aim towards general comprehensibility.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
German-born pianist Ulrich Roman Murtfeld's new album surveys American piano music from the 1850s to the 1980s. There's a lot of stylistic variety in this music, which includes everything from the drawing room confections of Louis Moreau Gottschalk to the minimalist musings of Philip Glass. The one thing these works have in common is they are all extremely well written for piano. One would have expected as much, since all of the composers were also pianists. His rendition of Barber's great sonata is wonderful. He has a sure sense of this largescale work's architecture, and he plays every note with power and, especially in the closing fugue, breathtaking virtuosity. There's a shimmering luminosity in his account of the Opening Piece from Glass' Glassworks. There's piledriving rhythmic insistence in his performance of Rzewski's Piano Piece 4.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013).



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>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Pasquinade, caprice for piano, Op. 59, D. 113 (RO 189)
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Ricordati, nocturne for piano, Op. 26, D. 133 (RO 227)
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1855

>Gottschalk, Louis M. : The Last Hope, meditation for piano, Op. 16, D. 80 (RO 133)
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Berceuse, cradle song for piano, Op. 47, D. 20 (RO 27)
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Gottschalk, Louis M. : Le Banjo, esquisse américaine for piano, 4 hands (arranged by Jerome Moross), Op. 15, (RO 23)
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1935

>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Glass, Philip : Glassworks :: Opening Piece
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Rzewski, Frederic : Piano Piece no 4
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Barber, Samuel : Nocturne for Piano, Op. 33 "Homage to John Field"
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26
  • Performer: Ulrich Murtfeld (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (10/29/2013-10/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949