28 January 2009

Musical fantasies and visual piano music.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Leoš Janáček: On an Overgrown Path I (1900-11)
Ewa Kupiec - piano
Leos Janáček: Works for Piano Solo
Hänssler Classic, CD 93.181
(Where's Monsanto when you need 'em?)

2. Deems Taylor: Through the Looking Glass (1917)
Ilkka Talvi - violin, Raymond Davis - cello, Christopher Sereque - clarinet, Seth Krimsky - bassoon, Victoria Bogdashevskaya - piano, David Taylor - contrabassoon, Glen Danielson - English horn, Gerard Schwarz - conductor, Seattle Symphony
The Musical Fantasies of Charles Griffes & Deems Taylor
Delos, DE 3099

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. Enrique Granados: Goyescas: Los majos enamorados (1909-11)
Michel Block - piano
Pro Piano Records, PPR224518

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

4. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Caprice No.1 "Portrait F.E." (1931)
("Portrait Ferdinand Eckhardt." A waltz in 5/4 time.)

5. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Caprice No.2 "Gute Ruh!" (1936-37)
("Good rest!" Nocturne based on rhythm and contour of couple's good-night wish.)

6. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Caprice No.3 "Aufschrei" (1932)
("Outcry." Eckhardt-Gramatté at her most expressionistic, falling into a bottomless pit in a nightmare.)

7. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Caprice No.4 "Wohin?" (1936-37)
("Where to?" Uncertainty in 1930s Germany. Personal, perhaps political. Performed at a house concert in the early 40s, not played in public until 1948.)

8. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Caprice No.5 "Meeresmuschelperlchen" (1937)
("Sea clam pearls." Inspired by the aquarium at the Berlin Zoo. Suggestive of darting fish and waves washing on shore.)

9. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Caprice No.6 "Klavierstück" (1948)
("Piano piece." A musical self-portrait hides behind that generic title. Reworking of a piano piece composed at the age of six. See below.)

Tracks 4-9
Megumi Masaki - piano
Megumi Masaki Plays Eckhardt-Gramatté: The Six Caprices & Other Works for Piano
Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation, EGF 300D

10. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Letter S "Sonia" (1905-10)
Karin Redekopp Edwards - piano
Golden West Broadcasting: 40th Anniversary 1957-1997
Golden West Broadcasting, GWB 01997

11. David Maslanka: A Child's Garden of Dreams (1981)
Mallory Thompson - conductor, Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Heroes, Dreams & Icons
Summit Records, DCD 294

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