WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

West Of The Sun - Music Of The Americas / Joel Fan

Release Date: 04/14/2009 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 119   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ernesto NazarethLouis Moreau GottschalkAstor PiazzollaAlberto Ginastera,   ... 
Performer:  Joel Fan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In contrast to Joel Fan's previous mixed recital for the Reference label (World Keys), West of the Sun focuses on composers of the Americas, stopping short of Canada. Fan is just marvelous. His extroverted swing and idiomatic phrasing brings Ernesto Nazareth's Vem cá, Branquinha to vivid life, followed by equal virtuosic flair and color throughout Gottschalk's Suis Moi! Caprice. Similar comments describe the pianist's treatment of Villa-Lobos' Chôros No. 5, while the difficult double notes of Amy Beach's Fire-flies boast attractive light and shade.

Troubled Water is a bravura arrangement of the traditional spiritual Wade in the Water, and Fan makes its best possible case.
Read more Fan also perfectly illuminates the dark underpinnings and rhythmic snap in Piazzolla's Flora's Game, while serving up what may be the best characterized recording available of Ginastera's First piano sonata. While certain pianists treat its ostinato finale in a machine-like fashion, Fan's subtle inflections deliver more musically satisfying goods. Bolcom's clever, pianistically resourceful eclecticism delights in his Nine New Bagatelles, and inspires Fan accordingly, especially in the quieter, more lyrical movements. Although more individually shaped Barber Sonata interpretations grace the catalog (Earl Wild, John Browning, and Marc-André Hamelin, for example), Fan's rock solid, impeccably controlled and impassioned reading is never less than world-class. A well-curated, excellently engineered program of this caliber warrants our highest recommendation.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

Vem Cá, Branquinha by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Suis-moi!, RO 253/Op. 45 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Antilles 
Preludes (3) for Piano: no 2, Flora's game by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Argentina 
Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 22 by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Argentina 
Chôros no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Paris, France 
Sketches (4) for Piano, Op. 15: no 4, Fireflies by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Boston, Massachusett 
Troubled water by Margaret Bonds
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
New Bagatelles (9) for Piano by William Bolcom
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Written: 2006; USA 
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Joel Fan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 

Featured Sound Samples

Preludes for Piano (Piazzolla): No 2: Flora's Game
Troubled Water (Bonds)
Piano Sonata (Barber): IV. Allegro con spirito

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Unusually compelling album October 12, 2013 By Claire S. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I recently heard Joel Fan play live (and spectacularly) in Seattle and bought this album after his concert. This album is such a delight to listen to - and Fan's rendition of the Barber Sonata and the Ginastera Sonata, along with the evocative number from Piazzolla, are my favorites of all. HIghly recommended." Report Abuse
Review This Title