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Bernstein: Thirteen Anniversaries - Works for Piano Solo / Alexandre Dossin, piano

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  1. Bernstein — Piano Sonata: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bernstein — Piano Sonata: II. —
  3. Bernstein — 7 Anniversaries: No. 1, For Aaron Copland $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bernstein — 7 Anniversaries: No. 2, For My Sister, Shirley $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bernstein — 7 Anniversaries: No. 3, in Memoriam. Alfred Eisner $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bernstein — 7 Anniversaries: No. 4, For Paul Bowles $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bernstein — 7 Anniversaries: No. 5, in Memoriam. Nathalie Koussevitzky $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bernstein — 7 Anniversaries: No. 6, For Sergei Koussevitzky $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bernstein — 7 Anniversaries: No. 7, For William Schuman $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 1, For Shirley Gabis Rhoads Perle $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 2, in Memoriam. William Kapell $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 3, For Stephen Sondheim $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 4, For Craig Urquhart $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 5, For Leo Smit $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 6, For My Daughter, Nina $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 7, in Memoriam. Helen Coates $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 8, in Memoriam. Goddard Lieberson $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 9, For Jessica Fleischmann $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 10, in Memoriam. Constance Hope $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 11, For Felicia, on Our 28th Birthday (And Her 52nd) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 12, For Aaron Stern $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bernstein — 13 Anniversaries: No. 13, in Memoriam. Ellen Goetz $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bernstein — Music for the Dance No. 2: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bernstein — Music for the Dance No. 2: II. — $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Bernstein — Music for the Dance No. 2: III. — $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Bernstein — Non troppo presto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bernstein, Leonard : Piano Sonata
>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (7), for piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (13), for piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Music for the Dance II, for piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Music for the Dance I, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Known for his large-scale compositions, Leonard Bernstein also wrote for his own instrument, the piano. The sequence of four Anniversaries, published between 1944 and 1989, are brief, deftly evocative vignettes written to celebrate his many friends, colleagues and family members. The early Piano Sonata is imbued with youthful self- confidence, and explores certain compositional techniques to which he was to return in more mature works. The rhythmically incisive Music for the Dance No. II is another important early work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, Orego (2014-01-03_2014-01-05&2014-).



Reviews

20 Anniversaries
Alexandre Dossin is an accomplished pianist with several fine recordings to his credit. Thus far this pianist has demonstrated a penchant for rhythmic flexibility, clarity, sensitivity and drama. Mr. Dossins new recording of piano works by Leonard Bernstein continues this trend. The focal point of this disc is the wonderful Anniversaries (1943 and 1988 sets) in which the composer recalls friends, colleagues and family by means of pithy musical sketches, in the process masterfully steering a balanced course between the playful and the heartfelt. Throughout the composer adheres to a basic framework of tonality. Bernstein frequently posited that completely abandoning tonality would eventually result in the demise of Western music. Regardless of how one construes this dire prediction, there is no denying the quality of the material at hand. Further increasing the desirability of this disc is the inclusion of the Piano Sonata (1938) as well as 2 world premiere recordings: Music for the Dance No. II (1938) and Non Troppo Presto (1937). All 3 works are proficient and point to a talented, imaginative young composer, squarely on the path to establishing his own unique voice. Sound and production values are excellent. Topnotch liner notes by Frank K. DeWald.
Submitted on 04/17/15 by Allen Cohen 
Interesting and very human emotional short piano pieces from Leonard Bernstein
For those people that really like and appreciate Leonard Bernstein, this recording provides an interesting look at some of the people that he knew and admired as viewed through the lens of the composers piano. Each short work, many less than 2 minutes, features music that clearly attempts to capture the character and mannerisms of the person, it would be even more enjoyable to explore each work if the liner notes provided more information about the subjects.
The music itself is not just pretty music. There are atonal elements and stocatto rhythms that are definitely suggestive of the various quirks and unique manifestations of human behavior. You get the impression that if you also personally knew the subject of the piece, that you would be amazed by the musical depiction. There are elements of drive, sadness, joy, calmness, etc., at various points in the compositions the very stuff of daily existence. These are very human pieces, and should definitely be listened to with this in mind.
Also featured on this recording is Bernsteins Sonata for the Piano, Music for the Dance No. II, and Non Troppo Presto, all written in 1937 and 1938 when Bernstein was 19 to 20 years old. It is interesting here to see the harmonic underpinnings of the things that we typically associate with Bernstein, his rhythmic pacing and tonal choices being quite evident to this listener.
Alexandre Dossin does a fine job on the Piano, giving each work (especially the short ones) a clear chance to stand up and be noticed. Overall, I am pleased to have this recording in my collection I just wish the liner notes had more information in them. Recommended for the Leonard Bernstein fan.

Submitted on 08/03/15 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Bernstein, Leonard : Piano Sonata
  • Performer: Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (2014-01-03_2014-01-05&2014-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (7), for piano
  • Performer: Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (2014-01-03_2014-01-05&2014-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries (13), for piano
  • Performer: Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (2014-01-03_2014-01-05&2014-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Bernstein, Leonard : Music for the Dance II, for piano
  • Performer: Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (2014-01-03_2014-01-05&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Bernstein, Leonard : Music for the Dance I, for piano
  • Performer: Alexandre Dossin (Piano)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (2014-01-03_2014-01-05&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938