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Array - Gershwin, Gottschalk, Beach, Et Al / Jane Solose

Release Date: 03/13/2007 
Label:  Capstone Records   Catalog #: 8766   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George GershwinLouis Moreau GottschalkChen YiDeniz Ince,   ... 
Performer:  Jane Solose
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ARRAY Jane Solose (pn) CAPSTONE 8766 (63:35)

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue. GOTTSCHALK Souvenirs d’Andalousie. BEACH A Hermit Thrush at Eve. The Humming Bird. Fire-flies. CHEN Ji-Dong-Nuo. INCE Hava. . . (air. . .). Read more class="COMPOSER12">FRY 12 Studies

Here is an interesting range of mostly esoteric works by American composers and one 800 pound gorilla. The album title is apt indeed. Jane Solose, a Canadian native now teaching in Kansas City at the University of Missouri, is an enthusiastic and entertaining musician with eclectic taste. I can judge her comparatively only in the Gershwin; this is a broadly viewed, rather deliberately paced performance, qualities which are not negatives, although one misses the sparkle and snap that the music often calls for. A more notable problem with this reading is the narrow dynamic range Solose works within. There are neither true pianissimos nor thunderous climaxes, although her tone at mezzo-forte is pleasingly full-bodied. But even if she doesn’t achieve a distinctive style along the lines of a Wild, Levant (orchestra version), or the composer himself (the indispensable solo piano version), this is joyous and easy to enjoy playing.

That spirit continues with one of Gottschalk’s bonbons on Spanish dance themes, and then an especially attractive trio of works by Amy Beach. If Gottschalk was the first American composer of international stature at mid 19th century, Beach represents a maturation of that process a generation later. Compared to the simple, almost hokey construction of his music, these pieces of Beach are subtle, even impressionistic in their presentation. Can we hear more of this lovely music, please? We get the occasional flush of interest in Beach from time to time, and then a lull. I would welcome a full-scale exploration of this valuable American pioneer, and would certainly be interested in hearing more of the piano music, although Solose gives us a tasty introduction here.

The balance of this recital consists of compelling music from composers of our time. The works of Chen Yi and Deniz Ince represent music of American composers drawing on specific cultural heritages, in these cases, Chinese and Turkish, respectively. Chen’s music is traditional; a prismatic parade of whole-tone patterns. Ince is more dramatic, even mysterious. With the Twelve Studies for piano, James Fry joins an auspicious tradition of etude-writing. These are highly individualistic, contrasting works, the product of an imaginative and colorful compositional sensibility. As with the études of György Ligeti and David Rakowski, not to mention Chopin, Fry demonstrates the seemingly endless creative possibilities in this simple concept.

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Works on This Recording

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Jane Solose (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 19 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Souvenirs d'Andalousie, Op. 22/RO 242 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Jane Solose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Ji-Dong-Nuo by Chen Yi
Performer:  Jane Solose (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Hava...(air...) by Deniz Ince
Performer:  Jane Solose (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Studies (12) for Piano by James H. Fry
Performer:  Jane Solose (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991 
Length: 18 Minutes 10 Secs. 
A Hermit Thrush at Eve, Op. 92 no 1 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Jane Solose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1922; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 128: no 3, A Humming Bird by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Jane Solose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1932; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Sketches (4) for Piano, Op. 15: no 4, Fireflies by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Jane Solose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Boston, Massachusett 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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