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American Classics: Barber & Copland / Kennard


Release Date: 09/21/2018 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3554  
Composer:  Samuel BarberAaron Copland
Performer:  Sean Kennard
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For his debut album on Delos, the brilliant emerging virtuoso Sean Kennard has chosen a captivating program featuring solo piano music by two of America’s most iconic composers: Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland. While neither composer’s body of work includes a great many pieces for solo piano, each has left a legacy of superb piano compositions to memorable effect. Of the five works on this album, Barber’s finger-twisting Sonata for Piano and Copland’s stunning Piano Variations stand as enduring masterpieces of twentieth-century American piano music. Both pieces incorporate broad spectrums of modernist musical language and styles, as well as degrees of difficulty that only the finest and most technically accomplished artists can master. And Read more most of the shorter pieces offer delightfully evocative treatments of musical Americana.

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REVIEW:

America still produces superb pianists and one is Sean Kennard, whose first recording this is. (He studied at Juilliard with Boris Berman and Richard Goode.) Not only is Kennard’s technique flawless, his understanding of the music’s expressive requirements is second to none – and that includes Horowitz, who recorded Barber’s Sonata. This marvellous debut disc is a triumph.

– Limelight (Australia) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Sean Kennard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
2.
Ballade for Piano, Op. 46 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Sean Kennard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
3.
Excursions (4) for Piano, Op. 20 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Sean Kennard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1944; USA 
4.
Variations for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Sean Kennard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
5.
Four Piano Blues by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Sean Kennard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1948; USA 

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