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New American Masterworks For Solo Piano / John Perry


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Aca Digital   Catalog #: 20029   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel JonesDonald KeatsPaul Cooper
Performer:  John Perry
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc features Sinfonia, by Paul Cooper, and Sonatas by Samuel Jones and Donald Keats. Coopers' Sinfonia is a piece in three movements commissioned in commemoration of Steinway's 500,000th piano. As befits its dedication, Sinfonia, explores the many timbral possibilities of the piano. With dramatic shifts in mood, dynamics, and range it churns towards the climax like a river barely contained by its banks.
Jones' sonata is a modernist exploration of the traditional sonata form. The first movement begins with a breezy, diatonic melody, but in a different key in each hand, making the sonata form's contrast of tonal area between first and second themes a kind of vertical topic of discussion throughout the piece. The Keats sonata combines
Read more the harmonic language of Debussy and Ravel with very linear contrapuntal writing reminiscent of Bach, whom one can hear quoted in the second movement.
Award-winning pianist John Perry possesses the skill and wide ranging background necessary to approach these very different pieces. He brings them to life with a thoughtful and well-informed interpretation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano by Samuel Jones
Performer:  John Perry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1962; USA 
Length: 16 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano by Donald Keats
Performer:  John Perry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Length: 16 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Sinfonia for Piano by Paul Cooper
Performer:  John Perry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 21 Secs. 

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