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Martin Boykan: Music for Piano, 1986-2007 / Donald Berman

Boykan / Berman
Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9434   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Martin Boykan
Performer:  Donald Berman
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pianist Donald Berman’s recording of Martin Boykan’s piano music gives passionate voice to the music of one of America’s most undervalued composers. Berman describes the music as: ‘..lyrical, yet atonal; melodic, yet with wide leaps in register; it sustains over large expanses, yet has quick inner pulsing.’ Berman describes his encounter with Boykan’s music: At the start I was awed by the diamond-like purity of individual moments, daunted by the complex counterpoint…it was music that lived in my head for a long time after performing it. It is deeply personal. - Bridge Records Pianist Donald Berman’s recording of Martin Boykan’s piano music gives passionate voice to the music of one of America’s most undervalued composers. Berman describes the music as: ‘..lyrical, yet atonal; melodic, yet with wide leaps in register; it sustains over large expanses, yet has quick inner pulsing.’ Berman describes his encounter with Boykan’s music: At the start I was awed by the diamond-like purity of individual moments, daunted by the complex counterpoint…it was music that lived in my head for a long time after performing it. It is deeply personal. - Bridge Records Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Usurpations by Martin Boykan
Performer:  Donald Berman (Piano)
2.
Sonata for Piano no 3: To the Memory of Edward Cohen by Martin Boykan
Performer:  Donald Berman (Piano)
3.
Towards the Horizon by Martin Boykan
Performer:  Donald Berman (Piano)
4.
Fantasy-Sonata by Martin Boykan
Performer:  Donald Berman (Piano)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
  Berman makes difficult music seem easy October 22, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Martin Boykan's music is rigorously 12-tone, but that doesn't mean it's academic nor mechanistic. His music breathes, expanding and contracting in a naturalistic flow. While there are some abrupt changes in dynamics and tempo, often the music smoothly transitions from one emotional state to the next. Donald Berman's performances of these works is nothing short of amazing. This is very difficult music -- not only to perform, but to internalize. Berman shows he's in command at all times. He knows where the music's going, and his expressive playing gets us there in a clear, straight-forward manner. And does a great service both to the composer and to the listener." Report Abuse
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