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American Music, Works by Harold Arlen, Amy Beach, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Ernest Bloch, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Roy Harris, Scott Joplin, et al / Lara Downes, piano

Album Summary

>Gould, Morton : American Caprice, for orchestra
>Harrison, Lou : New York Waltzes (3), for piano
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>Beach, Amy : From Blackbird Hills, for piano, Op. 83
>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Deep River, for piano (Negro Melodies), Op. 59/10
>Visconti, Dan : Lonesome Roads
>Bloch, Ernest : Poems of the Sea, for orchestra (or piano)
>Gershwin, George : Porgy & Bess
>Negron, Angelica : Sueno Recurrente, for piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries
>Sanford, David : Promise, for piano
>Hanson, Howard : Slumber Song, for piano
>Joplin, Scott : Gladiolus Rag
>Berlin, Irving : Blue Skies
>Price, Florence Beatrice : Fantaisie nègre, for piano
>Copland, Aaron : Sentimental Melody (Slow Dance), for piano
>Ellington, Duke : Melancholia, for piano
>Harris, Roy : Li'l Boy Named David, for piano
>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Langston Hughes wrote his poem "Let America Be America Again" in 1938. The country was crushed by the decade of depression that had squashed so many American dreams, and was threatened by the gathering clouds of the impending war in Europe. Birth right and skin color posed restrictions to the justice and liberty which rest at the heart of American promise, and America was a country divided. Today, we still live in troubled times, where circumstances and skin color still keep the American promise out of reach for so many. The music featured on this release is a tribute to the generations of American men and women, both black and white, both immigrants and pioneers, who dreamed and accomplished the impossible. American music is made of everything that we are, coming from so many different people and places and expressing so many dreams. Lara Downes is a best-selling pianist, who with this release makes her Sono Luminus debut. She performs constantly across the United States, and has also been featured on European stages. This important collection of American repertoire includes three world premieres, and is a unique program which will resound with listeners in today's world.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016).



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Works Details

>Gould, Morton : American Caprice, for orchestra
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Harrison, Lou : New York Waltzes (3), for piano
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1944-1994

>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Beach, Amy : From Blackbird Hills, for piano, Op. 83
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Deep River, for piano (Negro Melodies), Op. 59/10
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Visconti, Dan : Lonesome Roads :: Nocturne
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012

>Bloch, Ernest : Poems of the Sea, for orchestra (or piano)
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Gershwin, George : Porgy & Bess :: I Love You, Porgy
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Negron, Angelica : Sueno Recurrente, for piano
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Bernstein, Leonard : Anniversaries :: for Stephen Sondheim
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Sanford, David : Promise, for piano
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Hanson, Howard : Slumber Song, for piano
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Joplin, Scott : Gladiolus Rag
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Berlin, Irving : Blue Skies
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Price, Florence Beatrice : Fantaisie nègre, for piano
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Copland, Aaron : Sentimental Melody (Slow Dance), for piano
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Ellington, Duke : Melancholia, for piano
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Harris, Roy : Li'l Boy Named David, for piano
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1946

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
  • Performer: Lara Downes (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (03/07/2016-03/11/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939