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Bolcom: Piano Music / Finehouse, Olevsky, Oppens, Taylor


Release Date: 12/01/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559832  
Composer:  William Bolcom
Performer:  Ursula OppensChristopher TaylorConstantine FinehouseEstela Olevsky
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

William Bolcom was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 12 New Etudes for piano, and his music has always revolved around works for the instrument on which he still performs as a soloist and accompanist. This collection of mostly premiere recordings reveals student pieces that negotiate twentieth century musical battles between the avant-garde influences of Boulez and Messiaen and Bolcom’s love of Schumann, as well as later work that embraces the 1960s ragtime revival and draws inspiration from friends and colleagues in every phase of his distinguished six-decade career. Elegantly performed by friends of the composer, this wide-ranging program is summed up by Bolcom as ‘cleaning house’ in the Charles Ives tradition.
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REVIEW:

Anyone suitably provoked should accordingly investigate this set, each of whose discs is well planned as a standalone sequence. Piano tone is clear but never clinical and Bolcom’s own notes, informative and laconic, complement his music unerringly.

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Works on This Recording

1.
New York Lights by William Bolcom
Performer:  Ursula Oppens (Piano)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2003 
2.
Fantasy-Sonata for Piano by William Bolcom
Performer:  Christopher Taylor (Piano)
3.
Dance Portraits (3) by William Bolcom
Performer:  Ursula Oppens (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983-1986; USA 
4.
Spring Dances by William Bolcom
Performer:  Constantine Finehouse (Piano)
5.
Etudes (12) for Piano by William Bolcom
Performer:  Christopher Taylor (Piano)
6.
Night Pieces by William Bolcom
Performer:  Ursula Oppens (Piano)
7.
Conversations with Andre by William Bolcom
Performer:  Constantine Finehouse (Piano)
8.
Estela "Rag Latino" by William Bolcom
Performer:  Estela Olevsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
9.
Night Meditations by William Bolcom
Performer:  Constantine Finehouse (Piano)
10.
Romantic Pieces by William Bolcom
Performer:  Constantine Finehouse (Piano)
11.
The Brooklyn Dodge (A James P. Johnson Stride) by William Bolcom
Performer:  Christopher Taylor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
12.
Variations on a Theme by George Rochberg by William Bolcom
Performer:  Constantine Finehouse (Piano)
13.
Dream Music No. 1 by William Bolcom
Performer:  Christopher Taylor (Piano)
14.
Ballade for Piano by William Bolcom
Performer:  Ursula Oppens (Piano)

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