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Piano Music of John Knowles Paine / Atzinger


Release Date: 06/21/2019 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: DE 3551  
Composer:  John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Knowles Paine was the first American-born composer to earn widespread recognition for his large scale symphonic works. But his smaller-scale compositions- in particular his beautifully crafted piano pieces- have been largely forgotten. With this album’s lovely and wondrously performed music, the acclaimed pianist Christopher Atzinger seeks to redress such unjustified neglect. Being the eldest of the fabled “Boston Six” band of composers, Paine was also the first to receive advanced training in Europe. Some have called him the finest American composer of his time. And, as the nation’s first American-born music professor, the curriculum he developed at Harvard was adopted by academic music departments across the country and has Read more profoundly influenced advanced American musical training ever since.

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REVIEW:

This is by and large music written heart-on-sleeve, of a time where cares were about the honestly essential, music in which there is no agenda, no manifesto, no extra-musical baggage.

In this delightful collection pianist Christopher Atzinger plays with utmost elegance, brio when needed, gravitas when appropriate, and without a shred of condescension, there are romances, sketches, preludes, joyful ditties, even a fugue, and sad pièces d’occasion. Atzinger takes them on with bravura at his fingertips through all 65 minutes of this neatly engineered and packaged CD providing sheer listening joy.

– Rafael's Music Notes (Rafael de Acha) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sketches (10) for Piano, Op. 26 "In the Country" by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)
2.
Romance for Piano in E flat major, Op. 39 by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1882; USA 
3.
Romance for Piano in C minor, Op. 12 by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1868; USA 
4.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 41 by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)
5.
Nocturne for Piano in B flat major, Op. 45 by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1889; USA 
6.
Funeral March for President Lincoln, Op. 9 by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; USA 
7.
Christmas Gift, Op. 7 by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
8.
Characteristic Pieces (4), Op. 25 by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)
9.
Prelude in F sharp minor, Op. 15, No. 2 by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Christopher Atzinger (Piano)

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