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American Classics - Harbison: Piano Trio no 2, etc

Album Summary

>Harbison, John : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2
>Harbison, John : Gatsby Etudes, for piano
>Harbison, John : The Violist's Notebooks
>Harbison, John : Micro-Waltzes (10) for Piano
>Harbison, John : Cucaraccia and Fugue, for 4 violas
>Harbison, John : Suite for cello
>Harbison, John : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1938 into a musical family, John Harbison studied at Harvard, and with Roger Sessions at Princeton. He is one of America's most accomplished musicians, with four symphonies, three operas and a Pulitzer Prize-winning cantata to his credit. Of his Piano Trio No. 2, Harbison writes: '[It] makes little contact with the Mozart-to-Shostakovich central trio repertoire, and a great deal with the transparency, ambiguity, and shiftiness of Papa Joseph Haydn'. The Gatsby Etudes, 'pianistically challenging and fun to play', were written while Harbison was preparing the opera The Great Gatsby for production by the Metropolitan Opera. The Violist's Notebooks were inspired by Bartolomeo Campagnoli's (1751-1827) Caprices for viola, Harbison's own instrument. Other works on this disc include an earlier piano trio and a cello suite, which the composer describes as 'baroque in origins, more private, and very compact'.



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>Harbison, John : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2
  • Performers: Anthea Kreston (Viola); Anthea Kreston (Violin); Rieko Aizawa (Piano); Jason Duckles (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Connecticut College, New London, CT (05/05/2005-05/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Harbison, John : Gatsby Etudes, for piano
  • Performers: Anthea Kreston (Viola); Anthea Kreston (Violin); Rieko Aizawa (Piano); Ida Kavafian (Viola); John Harbison (Viola); Steven Tenebom (Viola); Jason Duckles (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Connecticut College, New London, CT (05/05/2005-05/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Harbison, John : The Violist's Notebooks :: Book 1
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Connecticut College, New London, CT (05/05/2005-05/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Harbison, John : The Violist's Notebooks :: Book 2
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Connecticut College, New London, CT (05/05/2005-05/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Harbison, John : Micro-Waltzes (10) for Piano
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Connecticut College, New London, CT (05/05/2005-05/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Harbison, John : Cucaraccia and Fugue, for 4 violas
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Connecticut College, New London, CT (05/05/2005-05/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Harbison, John : Suite for cello
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Notes: Connecticut College, New London, CT (05/05/2005-05/10/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Harbison, John : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1
  • Ensemble: Amelia Piano Trio
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968