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Poetic Sketches - works by Alexina Louie, Elma Miller, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Patrick Cardy, John Weinzweig, Oskar Morawetz / Elaine Keillor, piano

Album Summary

>Morawetz, Oskar : Poetic Sketches (5), for piano
>Weinzweig, John : Netscapes, for piano
>Louie, Alexina : In a Flash, for piano
>Miller, Elma : Through a Narrow Window, for piano
>Cardy, Patrick : Quips and Cranks, bagatelles (5) for piano
>Murphy, Kelly-Marie : Let Hands Speak, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Elaine Keillor, pianist, continues her international career as a soloist and chamber musician through her highly praised performances and recordings. Well-known for her wide-ranging repertoire, she particularly champions the works of Canadian composers often in premieres, those by women, and the musical traditions of First Peoples. A Distinguished Research Professor Emerita of Carleton University, she is the author of numerous essays and encyclopedia entries as well as three books - John Weinzweig: The Radical Romantic (1994), Music in Canada: Capturing Landscape and Diversity (2006), and Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America (2013). ~These previously unrecorded piano pieces include the last major completed works for piano, the set of Poetic Sketches and Netscapes, by two of Canada's most esteemed composers, Oskar Morawetz and John Weinzweig. All of the works included on this recording have as an initial inspiration words or a poetic image. Elma Miller, a former student of Morawetz and Weinzweig at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, quotes from the biologist G. Wald for her title, Through a Narrow Window, and from Keats to voice her concern about the deteriorating environment. Patick Cardy quoted from John Milton for the title, Quips and Cranks of his five bagatelles, his last completed work before his untimely death in 2005. A phrase that many of us have uttered, In a Flash, is the title for Alexina Louie's piano piece written in 2006 that explores her recent approach to the instrument, drawing on jazz-like influences somewhat similar to those pursued by Weinzweig, but allied with flashy, virtuosic writing. Kelly-Marie Murphy takes a somewhat complementary approach in Let Hands Speak, the test piece composed for the Fourth Honens International Piano Competition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dunrobin Sonic Gym, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (05/16/2014-05/18/2014).



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Works Details

>Morawetz, Oskar : Poetic Sketches (5), for piano
  • Performer: Elaine Keillor (Piano)
  • Notes: Dunrobin Sonic Gym, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (05/16/2014-05/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991

>Weinzweig, John : Netscapes, for piano
  • Performer: Elaine Keillor (Piano)
  • Notes: Dunrobin Sonic Gym, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (05/16/2014-05/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2000

>Louie, Alexina : In a Flash, for piano
  • Performer: Elaine Keillor (Piano)
  • Notes: Dunrobin Sonic Gym, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (05/16/2014-05/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Miller, Elma : Through a Narrow Window, for piano
  • Performer: Elaine Keillor (Piano)
  • Notes: Dunrobin Sonic Gym, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (05/16/2014-05/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Cardy, Patrick : Quips and Cranks, bagatelles (5) for piano
  • Performer: Elaine Keillor (Piano)
  • Notes: Dunrobin Sonic Gym, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (05/16/2014-05/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Murphy, Kelly-Marie : Let Hands Speak, for piano
  • Performer: Elaine Keillor (Piano)
  • Notes: Dunrobin Sonic Gym, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (05/16/2014-05/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003