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Piano Dance: A 20th-Century Portrait

Audio Samples

>Huang, Joan : Reflections after a Rainbow
>     Red Ribbon Dance
>Albright, William : The Sleepwalker's Shuffle
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>     Golliwog's Cakewake
>Adler, Samuel : Road To Terpsichore (Dance Suite) for piano
>     Like a Tarantelle
>Hindemith, Paul : Suite "1922", for piano, Op. 26
>     Shimmy
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Work(s)
>     Polka in E major
>Ligeti, György : Hungarian rock
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Dances (2), for piano, Sz. 43, Op. 8a
>     no 1
>Stravinsky, Igor : Tango
>Barber, Samuel : Souvenirs, Op. 28
>     Hesitation-Tango
>Norgård, Per : Animals in Concert I
>     Without Jealousy, for piano
>Ornstein, Leo : Waltz for piano no 7
>Scriabin, Alexander : Mazurka for piano in D flat major, Op. 40/1
>Poulenc, Francis : Valse-improvisation on the name of Bach for Piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>     Assez animé
>Antheil, George : La Femme 100 Tetes, preludes (45) for piano inspired by etchings of Max Ernst, W. 60
>     Percussion Dan
>Glass, Philip : Modern Love Waltz, for piano & variable instrumentation
>Cowell, Henry : Lilt of the Reel, irish dance for piano (Two Pieces no 1), HC 463/1
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 12
>     Rigaudon
>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
>Ginastera, Alberto : American Preludes (12) for piano, Op. 12
>     Danzas Criollas
>Davis, Donald : Illicit Felicity, for piano
>Aguila, Miguel del : Conga, for piano

Album Summary

>Huang, Joan : Reflections after a Rainbow
>Albright, William : The Sleepwalker's Shuffle
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Adler, Samuel : Road To Terpsichore (Dance Suite) for piano
>Hindemith, Paul : Suite "1922", for piano, Op. 26
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Work(s)
>Ligeti, György : Hungarian rock
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Dances (2), for piano, Sz. 43, Op. 8a
>Stravinsky, Igor : Tango
>Barber, Samuel : Souvenirs, Op. 28
>Norgård, Per : Animals in Concert I
>Ornstein, Leo : Waltz for piano no 7
>Scriabin, Alexander : Mazurka for piano in D flat major, Op. 40/1
>Poulenc, Francis : Valse-improvisation on the name of Bach for Piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Antheil, George : La Femme 100 Tetes, preludes (45) for piano inspired by etchings of Max Ernst, W. 60
>Glass, Philip : Modern Love Waltz, for piano & variable instrumentation
>Cowell, Henry : Lilt of the Reel, irish dance for piano (Two Pieces no 1), HC 463/1
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 12
>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
>Ginastera, Alberto : American Preludes (12) for piano, Op. 12
>Davis, Donald : Illicit Felicity, for piano
>Aguila, Miguel del : Conga, for piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"A super-enjoyable, toe-tapping disc if ever there was one! Cheng is a marvellous champion of all the hugely varied music on this spiffingly enterprising disc...A 'portrait' of the 20th century in dance, it weaves its terpsichorean way through the work of 23 composers, from Debussy to Aguila...Almost every track is a delight, delightfully played...Cheng is a winner (no wonder one of her greatest fans is Boulez)...A smashing disc." ***** -Siepmann, BBC

Notes & Reviews:

Over the centuries, the spirit of the dance has bonded music of all forms. Though infinitely varied, music that inspires the dance shares an intangible essence: part rhythm, part melody, it makes the body move. Pianist Gloria Cheng's tribute to 20th century dance taps into this powerful force, producing an album as ambitious and varied as it is successful.

From the familiar strains of Ravel's Waltz IV from 'Valses Nobles et Sentimentales' to the irrepressible sensuality of Donald R. Davis' "Illicit Felicity," the music is rich with surprises. Migues del Aguila's 'Congo' provides a lively climax to an album full of refreshing twists. Philip Glass's 'Modern Love Waltz' leads to the work of an earlier American innovator, Henry Cowell's "Lilt of the Reel." Each piece shines light on a different aspect of the dance, each is rewarding in a unique way.

Cheng's piano delves deeper into the music, past the rhythms to find the essence. An excellent soloist with an ear for new music as well as early pieces, she creates a delightful overview of 20th century dance.



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Works Details

>Huang, Joan : Reflections after a Rainbow :: Red Ribbon Dance
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Albright, William : The Sleepwalker's Shuffle
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner :: Golliwog's Cakewake
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Adler, Samuel : Road To Terpsichore (Dance Suite) for piano :: Like a Tarantelle
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hindemith, Paul : Suite "1922", for piano, Op. 26 :: Shimmy
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921-1922
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Work(s) :: Polka in E major
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Hungarian rock
  • Performers: Gloria Cheng (Piano); Gloria Cheng (Synthesizer)
  • Notes: Transcribed: Gloria Cheng
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Romanian Dances (2), for piano, Sz. 43, Op. 8a :: no 1
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909-1910
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stravinsky, Igor : Tango
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Barber, Samuel : Souvenirs, Op. 28 :: Hesitation-Tango
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Per Norgård (Composer) (1932 - ) : Animals in Concert I :: Without Jealousy, for piano
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ornstein, Leo : Waltz for piano no 7
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Scriabin, Alexander : Mazurka for piano in D flat major, Op. 40/1
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Poulenc, Francis : Valse-improvisation on the name of Bach for Piano
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales :: Assez animé
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antheil, George : La Femme 100 Têtes, preludes (45) for piano inspired by etchings of Max Ernst, W. 60 :: Percussion Dan
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/01/1933
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Glass, Philip : Modern Love Waltz, for piano & variable instrumentation
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1977
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cowell, Henry : Lilt of the Reel, irish dance for piano (Two Pieces no 1), HC 463/1
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Pieces (10) for piano, Op. 12 :: Rigaudon
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1913
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ginastera, Alberto : American Preludes (12) for piano, Op. 12 :: Danzas Criollas
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Davis, Donald : Illicit Felicity, for piano
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Transcribed: Donald R. Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Aguila, Miguel del : Conga, for piano
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Notes: Alfred Newman Recital Hall, Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, CA (11/27/1999-11/28/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio