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Piano Phantoms / Michael Lewin

Niemann / Lewin,Michael
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92168  
Composer:  Walter NiemannSergei LyapunovEdvard GriegCarl Tausig,   ... 
Performer:  Michael Lewin
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sono Luminus is proud to announce the latest project from Michael Lewin, Piano Phantoms, following the popular and critical success of If I Were a Bird (DSL-92103). This creative new recording is a collection of 18 piano pieces by a mixture of famous and lesser-known composers, each inspired by phantoms, goblins, ghosts and the spirit world. Piano Phantoms is a tour-de-force of virtuoso pianism and imaginative musicianship. Michael Lewin’s artistic tone-painting, control of tone colors and ability to tell stories through sound gives unique life to each ghost and goblin. This program includes eight world premiere recordings. Sono Luminus is proud to announce the latest project from Michael Lewin, Piano Phantoms, following the popular and critical success of If I Were a Bird (DSL-92103). This creative new recording is a collection of 18 piano pieces by a mixture of famous and lesser-known composers, each inspired by phantoms, goblins, ghosts and the spirit world. Piano Phantoms is a tour-de-force of virtuoso pianism and imaginative musicianship. Michael Lewin’s artistic tone-painting, control of tone colors and ability to tell stories through sound gives unique life to each ghost and goblin. This program includes eight world premiere recordings. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Night on the Fleet by Walter Niemann
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
2. Round of Phantoms by Sergei Lyapunov
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
3. Norwegian Peasant Dances (17) for Piano, Op. 72: no 14, The goblin's bridal procession by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Norway 
4. Das Geisterschiff, Op. 1 by Carl Tausig
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century 
5. Fairy Tales (4) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in A minor "Wood Goblin" by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1916-17; France 
6. Poetic Tone Pictures for Piano, Op. 85: no 8, Goblin's dance by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
7. Kaleidoscope, Op. 18: no 7, A Ghost Story by Sir Eugene Goossens
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1918 
8. Ghost Dance of the Zunis by Carlos Troyer
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; San Francisco, CA, U 
9. Night Music of the Mountain Goblin by Heino Kaski
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
10. The Ghosts of Restormel by John Vallier
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
11. Ghost Rags (3): The Graceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
12. Some Goblins and Gnomes and Things by Harry Farjeon
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
13. The Goblin and the Mosquito by Florence B. Price
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
14. Goblin Dance by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
15. The Dance of the Phantoms by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
16. March of the Goblins by Julie Rivé-King
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
17. Der Geistertanz, D 116 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arrangement: Stephen Heller 
18. Variations for Piano on an original theme "Geisterthema" by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 

Sound Samples

Ghosts: Night on the Fleet
Round of Phantoms
Slatter (Norwegian Dances), Op. 72: No. 14. The Bridal Procession of the Goblins at Voss
The Ghost Ship, Op. 1
4 Fairy Tales, Op. 34: No. 2 in E minor, "Leshchiy (Wood Goblin)"
Poeticke nalady (Poetic Tone Pictures), Op. 85, B. 161: No. 8. Goblins' Dance (Allegretto)
Kaleidoscope, Op. 18 (version for piano): Kaleidoscope, Op. 18: VII. A Ghost Story (version for piano)
Ghost Dance of the Zunis
Night Music of the Mountain Goblin
Ghosts of Restormel
3 Ghost Rags: No. 1. The Graceful Ghost
Some Goblins and Gnomes and Things
Goblin and the Mosquito
Goblin Dance
Dance of the Phantoms
March of the Goblins
Der Geistertanz, D. 15 (1st setting) (arr. S. Heller)
Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24: Theme: Leise, innig
Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24: Variation 1
Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24: Variation 2: Kanonisch
Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24: Variation 3: Etwas belebter
Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24: Variation 4
Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24: Variation 5

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fabulous and Creative Recording August 7, 2013 By J. Baxter See All My Reviews "This is an immensely creative recording, with top-of-the-line playing, in demonstration sound. Michael Lewin has followed up If I Were a Bird with another fascinating themed recording, again a mix of familiar and unfamiliar recordings and repertoire, this time featuring music of phantoms, ghosts and goblins. As a life-long pianophile, I was amazed at how many musical discoveries are on this disc, with 8 world premieres amongst the 18 compositions. The tragically unknown Schumann Ghost Variations are ineffably tender and touching. On every level it is a superior performance to Andras Schiff, who is analytical and cold, in brittle recorded sound. The virtuoso works by Lyapunov and Tausig are staggering. Lewin's well-known Lisztian credentials stand him in good stead with these frighteningly difficult works. The various goblin pieces show spectacular fingerwork, wit and lightness. The Bolcom Graceful Ghost Rag swings and lilts. Among the many unfamiliar pieces, I particularly enjoyed the Carlos Troyer Ghost Dance of the Zuni's, with its compelling Native American rhythms and atmosphere. Lewin has also supplied fabulous and extensive program notes. Sono Luminus has provided remarkable sound and a very handsome booklet. A must for lovers of great piano playing!" Report Abuse
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