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American Piano Concertos - Gershwin, Et Al / Paul Barnes


Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 878   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George GershwinVictoria BondJeffrey Hass
Performer:  Paul Barnes
Conductor:  Kirk TrevorRay Cramer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony OrchestraIndiana University Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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"Now we can share our enthusiasm for this well-crafted, exciting music...This is an impressive CD..." - Artsong Update

Highly acclaimed by the musical press for his exceptional performances of unusual material such as the music of Phillip Glass and David Ott, Paul Barnes has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Asian countries. As a student of the famed pianist Menahem Pressler, he is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music as well as a teacher at the Bosendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna.

He now continues an ongoing series of American works for piano and orchestra, including two bona-fide classics, Gershwin's I Got
Read more Rhythm Variations and Rhapsody in Blue.

Victoria Bond was a composition student of Roger Sessions and a conducting student of Sixten Ehrling at Juilliard (where she was the first woman to earn a doctorate degree in conducting in 1977). Her Ancient Keys is inspired by Barnes himself. His fascination with Byzantine Chant, leading to his role as Head Chanter at Lincoln's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, inspired Bond to write a concerto that expanded upon a melody known as Potirion Sotiriu ('Cup of Salvation').

Jeffrey Hass, associated with Indiana University, was commissioned by the University to write the Concerto for Amplified Piano, a work which allows the piano to be on a more equal footing with the powerful timbres of the wind ensemble.
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Works on This Recording

1. Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin
Performer:  Paul Barnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
2. Ancient Keys by Victoria Bond
Performer:  Paul Barnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
3. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Paul Barnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
4. Concerto for Amplified Piano and Winds by Jeffrey Hass
Performer:  Paul Barnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Ray Cramer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indiana University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 

Sound Samples

I got Rhythm Variations
Ancient Keys
Rhapsody in Blue
Concerto for Amplified Piano and Wind Ensemble: I. Signals
Concerto for Amplified Piano and Wind Ensemble: II. Remembrance
Concerto for Amplified Piano and Wind Ensemble: III. Running with Scissors

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