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American Classics - Piston: Chamber Music

Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559071   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Walter Piston
Performer:  Olga ShylayevaRandolph KellyCarol OuJames Oliver Buswell,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

More cool stuff from Australia! The Queensland seaside city of Townsville deserves a lot of credit for sponsoring both the 1999 Australian Festival of Chamber Music and this recording, particularly as the artistic results certainly reveal a high level of talent on offer. Walter Piston's chamber output, not to mention the rest of his music, seems to be doing better Down Under than here in his native land, a national disgrace for which there is simply no excuse. The Flute Quintet in particular is a certified masterpiece of poised, mellifluous ensemble writing notable for the way in which Piston keeps all five players on an equal musical footing, steadfastly refusing to write a "concerto for flute and string quartet". The Piano Quintet has Read more more bravura but no less melodic appeal, while the two late works, though tougher in fiber, are no less rewarding or expertly crafted. Both demonstrate that Piston's characteristic stylistic fingerprints--the lyrically expansive, moderately paced opening movements, lightning-quick scherzos, probing adagios, and rhythmically buoyant, "American-sounding" finales--were capable of endless development and permutation within the context of a personal, highly disciplined, but never static musical language. As noted above, the performances are all very fine, particularly the liquid flute playing of Olga Shylayeva, and it's interesting to see Naxos house conductor Theodore Kuchar among the violas. An important contribution to Piston's discography and American music in general. Buy two and give one to a friend.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Flute and Piano by Walter Piston
Performer:  Olga Shylayeva (Flute), Randolph Kelly (Viola), Carol Ou (Cello),
James Oliver Buswell (Violin), Michele Walsh (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Sextet for Strings by Walter Piston
Performer:  James Oliver Buswell (Violin), Theodore Kuchar (Viola), Randolph Kelly (Viola),
Judith Glyde (Cello), Dimity Hall (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Quintet for Piano and String Quartet by Walter Piston
Performer:  Anthony Gault (Violin), Judith Glyde (Cello), Ian Munro (Piano),
Theodore Kuchar (Viola), James Oliver Buswell (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Quartet for Piano and Strings by Walter Piston
Performer:  Randolph Kelly (Viola), Michael Gurt (Piano), James Oliver Buswell (Violin),
Carol Ou (Cello), Dimity Hall (Violin), Michele Walsh (Violin),
Anthony Gault (Violin), Theodore Kuchar (Viola), Judith Glyde (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 

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