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George Perle: Eight Pieces / Michael Brown


Release Date: 05/20/2014 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9426   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Perle
Performer:  Michael Brown
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the George Perle centennial year (2015) nears, pianist Michael Brown makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the American-master’s keyboard music. The earliest work on this disc, Classic Suite, as well as the most recently completed composition, Chansons cachées, are world-premiere recordings, with the entire program reflecting the performer’s deep involvement with Perle’s music over more than a decade. Writing to Michael Brown in 2003, Perle commented that: “it is a privilege to hear my music performed with such sympathy and understanding. Thank you!" - Bridge Records As the George Perle centennial year (2015) nears, pianist Michael Brown makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the American-master’s keyboard music. The earliest work on this disc, Classic Suite, as well as the most recently completed composition, Chansons cachées, are world-premiere recordings, with the entire program reflecting the performer’s deep involvement with Perle’s music over more than a decade. Writing to Michael Brown in 2003, Perle commented that: “it is a privilege to hear my music performed with such sympathy and understanding. Thank you!" - Bridge Records Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata by George Perle
Performer:  Michael Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969 
2.
Short Sonata by George Perle
Performer:  Michael Brown (Piano)
Written: 1964 
3.
Preludes (6) for Piano by George Perle
Performer:  Michael Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
4.
Modal Suite for Piano by George Perle
Performer:  Michael Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
5.
Lyric Intermezzo by George Perle
Performer:  Michael Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
6.
Chansons cachées by George Perle
Performer:  Michael Brown (Piano)
7.
Classic Suite by George Perle
Performer:  Michael Brown (Piano)

Customer Reviews

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 Portrait in eight parts June 18, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Every composer should have a champion. For George Perle, that champion is pianist Michael Brown. As a teenaged virtuoso, Brown fell in love with Perle's music and had an opportunity to meet the composer. That developed into a close personal and professional relationship over the years, culminating in this release. Brown collects not only Perle's published works for solo piano, but some earlier works still unperformed at the time of Perle's death. Brown has a deep understanding of Perle's music, and that makes this collection so exciting to listen to. The eight works span Perle's creative output. The earliest work, the 1938 "Classical Suite" receives it's world premier recording here. In many ways, it's similar to Prokofiev's "Classical Symphony." While using traditional forms and mostly tonal harmonies, Perle continually plays against expectations as his melodies veer off into unexpected directions. The "Six Celebratory Inventions" (1989-1997) is the collection that Brown played for Perle as a teenager. Each invention honors a different composer by imitating his style. And while one can hear the dedicatee in each movement -- Leonard Bernstein, Gunther Schuller, Ernst Krenek, et al -- it's all filtered through Perle's inventive imagination, giving this set an overarching sense of cohesion. Michael Brown has lived with some of these works for a while, and he plays with authority and sensitivity. Perle isn't primarily known for his keyboard compositions. Brown's performances suggest they should be reassessed." Report Abuse
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