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Baker: Piano Concerto "From Noon to Starry Night" / Hamelin


Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559804  
Composer:  Claude Baker
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
Conductor:  Gilbert Varga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Award-winning and much decorated composer Claude Baker here entwines his evocative soundworld with the powerful imagery of two great poets. Recorded in its premiere performance with Marc-Andre Hamelin as soloist, the Piano Concerto ‘From Noon to Starry Night’ draws on and amplifies the structures and meanings of five poems by Walt Whitman, expressing the heroism and darkness of war, exuberant celebrations of nature and a wistful ‘remembrance of things past.’ Aus Schwanengesang is a memorial piece that expands and ‘re-composes’ the poignant Heine Lieder from Schubert’s song cycle with oblique and multi-layered references. Award-winning and much decorated composer Claude Baker here entwines his evocative soundworld with the powerful imagery of two great poets. Recorded in its premiere performance with Marc-Andre Hamelin as soloist, the Piano Concerto ‘From Noon to Starry Night’ draws on and amplifies the structures and meanings of five poems by Walt Whitman, expressing the heroism and darkness of war, exuberant celebrations of nature and a wistful ‘remembrance of things past.’ Aus Schwanengesang is a memorial piece that expands and ‘re-composes’ the poignant Heine Lieder from Schubert’s song cycle with oblique and multi-layered references. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra "From Noon to Starry Night" by Claude Baker
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Conductor:  Gilbert Varga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; USA 
Length: 30 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Aus Schwanengesang by Claude Baker
Conductor:  Gilbert Varga
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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