This disc contains piano roll recordings of Enrique Granados, Sergey Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and George Gershwin reproduced on a modern piano. Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloists: Enrique Granados, Sergei Prokofiev, George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky.This disc contains piano roll recordings of Enrique Granados, Sergey Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and George Gershwin reproduced on a modern piano. Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloists: Enrique Granados, Sergei Prokofiev, George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky. Read less
Sonata for Pianoby Igor Stravinsky Performer:
Igor Stravinsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1924; France
Rhapsody in Blueby George Gershwin Performer:
George Gershwin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1924; USA
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
A very interesting CD...November 28, 2013By James Carleton (Camarillo, CA)See All My Reviews"that tells us a lot about how some composers really felt about their music. All four of these men were accomplished pianists, so it behooves us to pay attention when they put down their thoughts and actions on paper rolls. Curiously, to my mind, the weakest performance on this disc is that of Gershwin, who seems very rushed in spots, but that might have been partly due to the medium. FWIW, the Notes tell us a lot about how this performance came to be, and it might be the two-part recording of it that makes it sound a bit 'chopped up'. The Stravinsky Sonata was composed with 78 RPM records in mind, so each movement fits a piano roll nicely, as do all of the short pieces by Prokofiev and Granados. And all of these pieces are performed on a modern concert grand piano, rather than a Duo-Art upright, using a special mechanism called a 'Robot'; the enclosed Notes tell more about this amazing device. By the way, there is a LOT more music on this CD than the official listing, above, would have us believe. There are two more selections from Goyescas, some of the Spanish Dances and a few other Granados pieces, as well as several more of the op. 12 of Prokofiev, the op. 11 Toccata, and a couple of Sarcasms."Report Abuse
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