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Copland: Piano Variations, Sonata, Fantasy / Robert Weirich


Release Date: 01/22/2008 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 989   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  Robert Weirich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"In general the concert going public may not think of Aaron Copland as a composer of piano music. Yet three of his most original, important and thorny compositions are works for that instrument: the Piano Variations (1930),the Piano Sonata (1939-41) and the Piano Fantasy (1955-57). It's inexplicable that these landmark scores are not repertory staples. So thanks go to the acclaimed pianist Robert Weirich, also a noted teacher, author and composer, who has recorded the three works here in brilliant, probing and austerely beautiful performances.
Those who know only the Americana Copland may be shocked by the ascetic, unabashedly modern Piano Variations... The Piano Sonata was written after Copland had enjoyed great success with
Read more populist scores like "Billy the Kid." Yet despite moments of hymnal beauty and tart tonality, the sonata has a spare-textured and rigorous character... In the mid-'50s Copland appropriated the 12-tone technique for his Piano Fantasy, but on his own terms. The row, such as it is, has just 10 notes, and the piece has passages of lush yet fresh and acute tonal harmony. Mr. Weirich's gripping account of this volatile, ingenious 30-minute fantasy makes the question of how Copland fashioned its harmonic language seem beside the point."

-- Anthony Tommasini, New York Times [02/03/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Robert Weirich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
2.
Sonata for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Robert Weirich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1941; USA 
3.
Fantasy for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Robert Weirich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 

Sound Samples

Piano Variations
Piano Sonata: I. Molto moderato
Piano Sonata: II. Vivace
Piano Sonata: III. Andante sostenuto
Piano Fantasy

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