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Powerhouse Pianists, Vol. 2: Works for Two Pianos, by John Adams, John Corigliano, Rob Paterson, Frederic Rzewski, Mary Ellen Childs et al. / Stephen Gosling, Blair McMillen, pianos

Album Summary

>Paterson, Robert : Deep Blue Ocean, for 2 pianos
>Opel, Doug : Dilukkenion, for 2 pianos
>Harberg, Amanda : Tenement Rhapsody
>Childs, Mary Ellen : Kilter, for 2 pianos
>Corigliano, John : Chiaroscuro, for 2 pianos
>Adams, John : Hallelujah Junction
>Rzewski, Frederic : Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues (version for 2 pianos)
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Notes & Reviews:

Here, on the second release from the American Modern Ensemble's Powerhouse Pianists series, American Modern Ensemble members Stephen Gosling and Blair McMillen team up once again on a program of works for two pianos by esteemed living composers including John Adams, John Corigliano, Rob Paterson.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
An aptly titled release. I found it a succession of basically loud music. Sharp, repetitive rhythmic patterns with syncopated interjections tend to go on and on and on. The few moments of respite are typically very soft before everything starts up again with maximum dynamic contrast. For readers looking for modern music for two pianos, it offers some sizzling and precise performances of very hard to find music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (07/06/2010-07/08/2010).



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>Paterson, Robert : Deep Blue Ocean, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (07/06/2010-07/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010

>Opel, Doug : Dilukkenion, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (07/06/2010-07/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Harberg, Amanda : Tenement Rhapsody :: Subway
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (07/06/2010-07/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2005

>Childs, Mary Ellen : Kilter, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (07/06/2010-07/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Corigliano, John : Chiaroscuro, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (07/06/2010-07/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Adams, John : Hallelujah Junction
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (07/06/2010-07/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Rzewski, Frederic : Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues (version for 2 pianos)
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, NY (07/06/2010-07/08/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980