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Music for Piano Duo, "Ars Nostra: But Now the Night" - Works by Gerald Chenoweth, Lewis Nielson, Eun-Hye Park, Daniel Perlongo, Paul Reller / Sang-Hie Lee, piano; Martha Thomas, piano; Kyoung Cho, soprano

Album Summary

>Park, Eun Hye : Chera in Nain (A Widow in Nain), for narrator & 2 pianos
>Nielson, Lewis : ...Aber Jetzt Die Nacht..., for 2 pianos
>Chenoweth, Gerald : Celestial Phenomena, for 2 pianos
>Reller, Paul : Sonata for 2 pianos
>Perlongo, Daniel : Windhover, for 2 pianos
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Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Sang-Hie Lee performs original works written for two pianos, by internationally recognized composers Gerald Chenoweth, Eun Hye Park, Lewis Nielson, Daniel Perlongo, and Paul Reller, in ARS NOSTRA: ABER JETZT DIE NACHT. Along with collaborating pianist Martha Thomas, the pieces showcase the instrument as a “super piano”, unveiling textures and new combinations of sounds not accessible with a soloist. The title track, Aber Jetzt Die Nacht by Lewis Nielson, begins by contrasting a distinct motive against outbursts of relatively abstract, dissonant music. About halfway through, the work reveals its true structural goal of exploring the extremes of a piano’s color. This new direction is signaled by two glissandi, initiating the appearance of many more dramatic and unusual piano sounds, including knocking of the instrument’s case and playing touch harmonics inside the piano. Sonata For Two Pianos by Paul Reller, contains four major sections shaped by continuous notes moving from different rhythms, from rock and roll to jazz, flowing fast-slowest-fastest-slow, which can be seen as a microcosm of a classical four-movement sonata. Influences of Ives and McDowell blend with classic balance and symmetry, creating leaps and chaotic dissonances alongside moments of exotic harmonies and calmer melodies.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall of the University of South Florida's Schoo (03/20/2016).



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Works Details

>Park, Eun Hye : Chera in Nain (A Widow in Nain), for narrator & 2 pianos
  • Performers: Kyoung Cho; Sang-Hie Lee (Piano); Martha Thomas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielson, Lewis : ...Aber Jetzt Die Nacht..., for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Kyoung Cho; Sang-Hie Lee (Piano); Martha Thomas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Chenoweth, Gerald : Celestial Phenomena, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Kyoung Cho; Sang-Hie Lee (Piano); Martha Thomas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2008
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Reller, Paul : Sonata for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Kyoung Cho; Sang-Hie Lee (Piano); Martha Thomas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Perlongo, Daniel : Windhover, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Kyoung Cho; Sang-Hie Lee (Piano); Martha Thomas (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009
  • Studio/Live: Live