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American Classics - Piston: Chamber Music

Album Summary

>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quintet for flute & string quartet
>Piston, Walter [Composer] : String Sextet
>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for piano & strings
>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quintet for piano & strings
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Notes & Reviews:

Walter Piston was twenty-six before he began to study composition, eventually moving to Paris as a pupil of Dukas and Nadia Boulanger. Though his music was influenced by their teaching, his individuality and Americanism is evident throughout his works. Central to his output were eight fine symphonies, two violin concertos, and the famous ballet, The Incredible Flutist. Most of his chamber works are from his later life and combines good humor with attractive melodic writing.

"These fine performances, recorded during the 1999 Australian Festival of Chamber Music, bring out the lightness and delicacy of the Quintet for Flute and String Sextet's slow first movement and the combination of lyricism and energetic lines in its finale. The various ensembles are thoroughly persuasive here. The veiled colours that shroud the opening of the Piano Quartet are identified with just the same assurance and clear characterisation as the more robust, Brahmsian workings of the Piano Quintet. An illuminating disc." -The Daily Telegraph



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>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quintet for flute & string quartet
  • Performers: James Buswell (Violin); Judith Glyde (Cello); Dimity Hall (Violin); Randolph Kelly (Viola); Theodore Kuchar (Viola); Ian Munro (Piano); Michele Walsh (Violin)
  • Notes: Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia (07/13/1999-07/19/1999)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Piston, Walter [Composer] : String Sextet
  • Performers: James Buswell (Violin); Judith Glyde (Cello); Dimity Hall (Violin); Randolph Kelly (Viola); Theodore Kuchar (Viola); Ian Munro (Piano); Michele Walsh (Violin)
  • Notes: Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia (07/13/1999-07/19/1999)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quartet for piano & strings
  • Performers: James Buswell (Violin); Judith Glyde (Cello); Dimity Hall (Violin); Randolph Kelly (Viola); Theodore Kuchar (Viola); Ian Munro (Piano); Michele Walsh (Violin)
  • Notes: Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia (07/13/1999-07/19/1999)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1964

>Piston, Walter [Composer] : Quintet for piano & strings
  • Performers: James Buswell (Violin); Judith Glyde (Cello); Dimity Hall (Violin); Randolph Kelly (Viola); Theodore Kuchar (Viola); Ian Munro (Piano); Michele Walsh (Violin)
  • Notes: Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia (07/13/1999-07/19/1999)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1949