Notes & Reviews:
Both Leonard Bernstein and Chinese-born American composer Tan Dun have used the piano for collections of shorter and/or occasional pieces, along with larger works that were written to exploit particular aspects of piano technique. Bernstein's piano output is mainly comprised of characterful, subtle miniatures written, over four decades, as groups of 'anniversaries'. Touches was composed as a test piece for the Sixth Van Clilburn International Piano Competition. Tan Dun's piano music was composed at key junctures in hes career and is both evocative and propulsive, Dew-Drop-Falls being one of his most intricate and ethereal sound pictures.
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Robert Schumann: Beethoven Studies; Ghost Variations; Schubert Variations; Chopin Variations et al. / Olivier Chauzu, piano
Duos for Violin and Cello by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812) and Beethoven / John Mills, violin; Bozidar Vukotic, cello
Joan Tower: String Quartets Nos. 3-5; Dumbarton Quintet / Daedalus Quartet; Miami String Quartet; Blair McMillen, piano
Enescu: Piano Sonata No.1; Suite No.2
Bergman Suites: The Classic Film Music of Eric Nordgren (1913-1992) - Waiting Women; Wild Strawberries; The Face; The Pleasure Garden / Slovak Radio SO, Adriano
Paul Bowles (1910-1999) Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1 / Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, pianos
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Piano Concerto / Xiayin, Wang, piano; Royal Scottish Nat'l Orch., Oundjian
Hans Gál (1890-1987): Concerto for Piano & Orchestra; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 / Sarah Beth Briggs, piano; Royal Northern Sinfonia, Kenneth Woods
Schumann: Cello Concerto; Piano Trio No. 1 / Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello; Isabelle Faust, violin; Alexander Melnikov, piano. Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado