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Ornstein: Works for Cello and Piano / Gordon, Hodgkinson

Album Summary

>Ornstein, Leo : Preludes (6) for cello & piano
>Ornstein, Leo : Composition 1, for cello & piano
>Ornstein, Leo : Sonata for cello, Op 52
>Ornstein, Leo : Pieces (2) for Cello and Piano
>Ornstein, Leo : Sonata no 2, for cello & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"Leo Ornstein (1893-2001) was one of the early 20th Century's most modern composers, mentioned in the same breath with Schoenberg and his crew. Born in the Ukraine, Ornstein found his way to the US in 1915 and made his life here from then on, living to the grand old age of 108 and composing well into his 90s. Along with his futuristic works, he wrote others in a less dissonant idiom, including his compositions for cello. They give more the feeling of a Jewish Prokofieff or Shostakovich to my ears. They are quite beautiful, rather improvisatory in effect, except the more concise Preludes and short pieces. Ornstein has something to say to us in any of his styles, and I welcome any new recording of his music. There is always something heartfelt and searching about his music that makes it worth following through the labyrinth of his thought. These players perform with insight and accuracy and have made an important record of unfamiliar and beautiful music." -ARG



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>Ornstein, Leo : Preludes (6) for cello & piano
  • Performers: Joshua Gordon (Cello); Randall Hodgkinson (Piano)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (12/19/2005-12/21/2005)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Ornstein, Leo : Composition 1, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Joshua Gordon (Cello); Randall Hodgkinson (Piano)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (12/19/2005-12/21/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ornstein, Leo : Sonata for cello, Op 52
  • Performers: Joshua Gordon (Cello); Randall Hodgkinson (Piano)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (12/19/2005-12/21/2005)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ornstein, Leo : Pieces (2) for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Joshua Gordon (Cello); Randall Hodgkinson (Piano)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (12/19/2005-12/21/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1914

>Ornstein, Leo : Sonata no 2, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Joshua Gordon (Cello); Randall Hodgkinson (Piano)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (12/19/2005-12/21/2005)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920