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Paganimania:' Contemporary Piano Works based on Paganini's 24th Caprice - Works by Robert Beaser, Moon Young Ha, Zhou Jing et al. / Christopher Janwong McKiggan, piano

Album Summary

>Beaser, Robert : Pag-Rag, for piano
>Ha, Moon Young : Scène V, for piano
>Al-Zand, Karim : Paganini Reverie, for piano
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Pact Ink, for piano
>Jing, Zhou : Jade Clappers, for piano
>Nistades, S. Peace : Niccolo, for piano
>Mobberley, James : Capricious Invariance, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The young piano virtuoso Christopher Janwong McKiggan commissioned seven composers from many different cultural backgrounds (American, Canadian, Thai, Chinese, Korean and Middle Eastern) to write a work for piano based on Paganini's 24th Caprice for solo violin. The variety of the compositions that resulted is fascinating and links multiple national traditions around a central theme, while maintaining uniqueness. Born in England, McKiggan grew up in Thailand. He has studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rice University, where he is now pursuing a DMA in piano performance. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Gold Medal in the Seattle International Piano Competition, McKiggan is committed to contemporary music and has performed numerous world premieres, including the Asian premiere of Robert Beaser's Piano Concerto at the 2012 Beijing Modern Music Festival.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Duncan Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX.



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Works Details

>Beaser, Robert : Pag-Rag, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher McKiggan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ha, Moon Young : Scène V, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher McKiggan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Al-Zand, Karim : Paganini Reverie, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher McKiggan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Pact Ink, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher McKiggan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jing, Zhou : Jade Clappers, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher McKiggan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Nistades, S. Peace : Niccolo, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher McKiggan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mobberley, James : Capricious Invariance, for piano
  • Performer: Christopher McKiggan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary