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American Classics - Siegmeister: Piano Music Vol 2 / Boulton


Release Date: 08/31/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559021   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elie Siegmeister
Performer:  Kenneth Boulton
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


If you're encountering the late American, New York born composer Elie Siegmeister for the first time, skip the first five tracks for now. Cue up Track Six to his gritty, uncompromising 1964 Second Sonata. The one movement work commences with stabbing, isolated pitches. These work their way into petulant clusters and stark, flickering triads. Leaping rhythmic patterns forge a grim, motoric path of no return, on which teasing jazz flourishes and starburst, two-handed arpeggios provide breezy relief. Siegmeister's predilection for granitic sonorities and bleak lyricism informs both his early 1932 Theme & Variations and his notey, rigorous Third Sonata from 1979. Five movements from the 1985 suite "These
Read more Shores" depict a quintet of American writers, whose identities are difficult to decipher without a score card. Yet this composer could write simple, accessible music too. Turn now to the opening "Sunday in Brooklyn" suite, a five movement work laced with wistful tunes and gentle, wrong-note Gershwinisms. This is music that deserves to be played much more than it is. One regrets that the composer, who died in 1991, didn't live to hear pianist Kenneth Boulton's dynamically charged, fiercely committed, and brilliantly virtuosic performances. He would have been delighted.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sunday in Brooklyn by Elie Siegmeister
Performer:  Kenneth Boulton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-97 
Venue:  Lieberman Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 2 by Elie Siegmeister
Performer:  Kenneth Boulton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-97 
Venue:  Lieberman Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3. Theme and Variations for Piano no 1 by Elie Siegmeister
Performer:  Kenneth Boulton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-97 
Venue:  Lieberman Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano no 3 by Elie Siegmeister
Performer:  Kenneth Boulton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-97 
Venue:  Lieberman Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 16 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5. From These Shores by Elie Siegmeister
Performer:  Kenneth Boulton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-97 
Venue:  Lieberman Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 15 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sunday in Brooklyn: I Prospect Park
Sunday in Brooklyn: II Sunday Driver
Sunday in Brooklyn: III Family at Home
Sunday in Brooklyn: IV Children's Story
Sunday in Brooklyn: V Coney Island
Piano Sonata No. 2: Moderato-Allegro-Piu mosso-Allegro, molto ritmico-Allegro-Poco meno mosso-Meno mosso di Tempo I-Allegro meno mosso-Adagio-Tempo
Theme and Variations No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 3: I Allegretto, molto energico
Piano Sonata No. 3: II Adagio, liberamente
Piano Sonata No. 3: III Adagio - Allegro con fuoco
From These Shores: I Whitman
From These Shores: II Mark Twain
From These Shores: III Thoreau
From These Shores: IV Langston Hughes
From These Shores: V Faulkner

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