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American Piano Concertos - Gershwin, et al / Paul Barnes

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
>Bond, Victoria : Ancient Keys, for piano
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
>Hass, Jeffrey : Concerto, for amplified piano & wind ensemble
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Victoria Bond's Ancient Keys is a pretty, single-movement work based on a Greek Orthodox chant, very nicely sung by Barnes at the beginning of the work. It sounds a lot like Hovhaness, in that the music is primarily meditative, modal, and very easy on the ear, yet with sufficient incident to keep the listener interested. As a concert novelty this would make a very pleasant encounter, and Barnes basically owns the piece. Jeffrey Haas' Concerto for Amplified Piano and Wind Ensemble also has a lot going for it. It's a bit more hard-edged (as suits the scoring) and acerbic, but there's enough melodic material to give the music feeling as well as shape, and the total effect is both touching (in the central movement dedicated to the memory of the composer's father) and exhilarating. Despite the widely separated recording venues, the sonics are consistently good." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
  • Performer: Paul Barnes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Ensemble: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Bond, Victoria : Ancient Keys, for piano
  • Performer: Paul Barnes (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
  • Performer: Paul Barnes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirk Trevor
  • Ensemble: Indiana University Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Hass, Jeffrey : Concerto, for amplified piano & wind ensemble
  • Performer: Paul Barnes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ray Cramer
  • Ensemble: Indiana Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001