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Allen Shawn: Piano Music, Volume 3 / Daniel Epstein, Yoshiko Sato

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>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 1
>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 4
>Shawn, Allen : Recollections, for piano
>Shawn, Allen : Nocturne for Y, for piano

Album Summary

>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 1
>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 4
>Shawn, Allen : Recollections, for piano
>Shawn, Allen : Nocturne for Y, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Slowly, over the past few years, Albany's progressive releases of the piano music of Allen Shawn have made it clear that this is one of the most substantial and memorable bodies of work for the instrument of any living American composer. The series showcases a composer whose range of expression, technique and tone are enviable. A multi-faceted artist, Allen Shawn (b.1948) was raised in a literary milieu and has carved out an additional significant career as a writer, but he is a composer first, and one of the major American composer-pianists. His output includes many orchestral works; three chamber operas, songs, choral music, chamber music and works for piano. He is on the music faculty at Bennington College. This is the third volume on the Albany Records series devoted to his music for piano.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Recollections from 1998 and Sonata 4 from 2009 are intense and expressive, alternating Bartokian rhythmic propulsion (the finale of Sonata 4) with shimmering impressionist harmonies in slow sections. The whimsically demonic finale of Recollection is accurately described by Robert Carl in the excellent notes as "Broadway noir". Daniel Epstein and Shawn himself play with nuance. Shawn told NPR that composing allows him an escape from his many phobias; given the confidence and freedom of this music, it sounds like good therapy.



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Works Details

>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 1
  • Performer: Allen Shawn (Piano)
  • Notes: Brooks Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College (07/23/2011); Brooks Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College (08/26/2010-08/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Shawn, Allen : Sonata for Piano no 4
  • Performer: Allen Shawn (Piano)
  • Notes: Brooks Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College (07/23/2011); Brooks Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College (08/26/2010-08/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Shawn, Allen : Recollections, for piano
  • Performer: Daniel Epstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Shawn, Allen : Nocturne for Y, for piano
  • Performer: Yoshiko Sato (Piano)
  • Notes: Brooks Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College (07/23/2011); Brooks Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College (08/26/2010-08/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001