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McDonald: Meditation before a sonata; Ives, Nielsen / Andrew Rangell

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
>McDonald, John : Meditation Before a Sonata
>Ives, Charles : Sonata for Piano no 1
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In his insightful liner notes, pianist Rangell suggests that the six movements of Nielsen's Suite seem close to the multimovement configurations of Beethoven's last quartets - three movements weighty and elaborate, three fleeting intermezzi. Ives' kaleidoscopic First Sonata presents huge interpretive challenges for the performer. Pianist Rangell has been playing this work for decades, and his exhilarating and profound interpretation is inspired. John McDonald's "Meditation" was composed at the request of Andrew Rangell, to be performed on a concert featuring Ives' "Concord" Sonata. Using a few fragments from Ives, McDonald creates a short dreamscape, conjuring the mist over Walden Pond.

"He has a clear vision of Ives' music. Over the years, I have dutifully played through and listened to my share of Ives, always grudgingly respecting it but never truly liking it. This recording has inspired me to renew my acquaintance with the composer. In face, if offered the chance of hearing the work of any American modernist, I would go out of my way to seek Rangell's interpretation." -American Record Guide



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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
  • Performer: Andrew Rangell (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919-1920

>McDonald, John : Meditation Before a Sonata :: Dew Cloth, Dream Drapery, for piano, Op. 406
  • Performer: Andrew Rangell (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Ives, Charles : Sonata for Piano no 1
  • Performer: Andrew Rangell (Piano)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901-1909