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Eugene Watanabe - Rediscovering America

Eugene Watanabe, Piano Esther Honens International
Label:  Arktos Recordings   Catalog #: 200262  
Composer:  Samuel BarberGeorge GershwinAaron Copland
Performer:  Eugene Watanabe
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For his recital performance, 1996 Honens competition laureate Eugene Watanabe has programmed a set of works representative of the breadth and variety of the country from which they were composed. Rediscovering America presents works both well-known and unknown - including a reconstruction of the solo piano score of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin scholar Alice Zizzo. '4 1/2 stars out of five' - Edmonton Journal 'Watanabe's Rhapsody is lush and thoughtful. He gets the fitfulness of the piece right without relying on excesses to create the music's nervous energy.' - Edmonton Journal For his recital performance, 1996 Honens competition laureate Eugene Watanabe has programmed a set of works representative of the breadth and variety of the country from which they were composed. Rediscovering America presents works both well-known and unknown - including a reconstruction of the solo piano score of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin scholar Alice Zizzo. '4 1/2 stars out of five' - Edmonton Journal 'Watanabe's Rhapsody is lush and thoughtful. He gets the fitfulness of the piece right without relying on excesses to create the music's nervous energy.' - Edmonton Journal Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Excursions (4) for Piano, Op. 20 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Eugene Watanabe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1944; USA 
2. Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Eugene Watanabe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
3. El salón México by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Eugene Watanabe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Bernstein. 
4. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Eugene Watanabe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Zizzo. 

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