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Cowell: Piano Works / Brown, Cahill, Hays, Kubera


Release Date: 06/22/1999 
Label:  New Albion   Catalog #: 103   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris BrownSorrel HaysJoseph KuberaSarah Cahill
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a self-taught teenage pianist, Henry Cowell experimented with his instrument, striking the keys with his fists and forearms, or strumming and scratching the strings inside the piano. The rest is history, although the tuneful optimism characteristic of Cowell's style has little to do with the avant-garders who borrowed from his innovations. From the whiskery delicacy of Aeolian Harp to the rugged cluster eruptions in Exhultation, this disc presents a balanced and carefully chosen overview of Cowell's immense keyboard output. The four pianists bring long experience and riveting authority to their selections, proving that you can flail away with elbows and fists and still make the piano sing. For listeners who've never encountered the Read more unique world of Henry Cowell, this CD is your entry ticket.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dynamic Motion by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
2.
Dynamic Motion: Encore no 1, What's This by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
3.
Dynamic Motion: Encore no 2, Amiable Conversation by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
4.
Dynamic Motion: Encore no 3, Advertisement by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
5.
Dynamic Motion: Encore no 4, Antinomy by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
6.
Dynamic Motion: Encore no 5, Time Table by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
7.
The Banshee by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
8.
The Tides of Manaunaun by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Sorrel Hays (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1912; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
9.
Aeolian Harp by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Sorrel Hays (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
10.
The Hero Sun by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Sorrel Hays (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
11.
Fabric by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Sorrel Hays (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
12.
The Lilt of the Reel by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Sorrel Hays (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
13.
Ings (9) by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Joseph Kubera (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
14.
Slow Jig by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Sarah Cahill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
15.
The Fairy Answer by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Sarah Cahill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
16.
Exultation by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Chris Brown (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 
17.
Set of 2 Movements for Piano by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Sarah Cahill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1997 
Venue:  Live  Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California 

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