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American Masterpieces for Piano Duo by Bolcom, Copland, Brubeck, Bernstein / Wang-Rodger Piano Duo

Album Summary

>Bolcom, William : Recuerdos
>Copland, Aaron : El salón México
>Brubeck, Dave : Points on Jazz, for piano
>Bernstein, Leonard : Arias and Barcarolles
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The works featured on this recording are not united by a single topic or style. What they share is that they are extraordinary, yet seldom heard examples of American music for two pianists. Performed by the husband-and-wife piano duo team of Stacy Rodgers and Diane Wang, the ensemble is a perennial favorite of audiences, with their programs offering an intriguing bland of standard four-hand and two-piano repertoire and daring new works by contemporary composers. Stacy Rodgers is on the faculty at the University of Mississippi and a graduate of Southern Methodist University and The University of Texas at Austin. Also on the faculty at the University of Mississippi, Diane Wang is a member of the faculty woodwind quintet and performs both as a pianist and flutist. She holds degrees from Indiana University and The University of Texas at Austin.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
This is a brilliant collection of piano music for four hands by American composers. Bernstein composed Arias and Barcarolles in 1988; it is considered his final major work. Schumann's female singer with pianist here becomes male and female singers and two pianists at one piano. It is a perfectly designed piece to bring everyone together in a duo singer recital. The husband and wife team of Bradley and Jennifer Robinson join the Wang-Rogers duo for a very effective performance of this stylistically scattered work. Their voices are pleasant and diction is very good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Main Stage of the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for th (08/2006/10/2006).



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Works Details

>Bolcom, William : Recuerdos
  • Ensemble: Wang-Rodgers Piano Duo
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Copland, Aaron : El salón México
  • Ensemble: Wang-Rodgers Piano Duo
  • Notes: Composition written: 1933-36.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1933-1936

>Brubeck, Dave : Points on Jazz, for piano
  • Ensemble: Wang-Rodgers Piano Duo
  • Running Time: 25 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bernstein, Leonard : Arias and Barcarolles
  • Performers: Bradley Robinson (Voice); Jennifer Robinson
  • Ensemble: Wang-Rodgers Piano Duo
  • Running Time: 28 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1988