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Stravinsky: Four Etudes Op 7; Berg, Helps, Martin / Watkins

Release Date: 07/25/2000 
Label:  Aca Digital   Catalog #: 20008   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyRobert HelpsAlban BergFrank Martin
Performer:  David Watkins
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

David Watkins is an Atlanta-based pianist who studied at the New England Conservatory and currently serves on the piano faculty of Kennesaw State University. He is heard here in a twentieth-century program of considerable range, from the impetuous, Scriabinesque Etudes of the youthful Igor Stravinsky to the hard, atonal stillness of Watkins' former teacher Robert Helps. Like the Helps piece, the Alban Berg Sonata is a work where tonal goals are not immediately obvious from the outset, requiring the performer to be actively involved in shaping the flow; and in both cases Watkins proves himself an excellent judge of musical argument, as well as a most capable player. A valuable addition to the program is Frank Martin's rarely heard Eight Read more Preludes, restless and haunting postwar pieces written by the Swiss composer for the great Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti. Read less

Works on This Recording

Etudes (4) for Piano, Op. 7 by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  David Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Russia 
Portrait by Robert Helps
Performer:  David Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 by Alban Berg
Performer:  David Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1907-08; Austria 
Preludes (8) for Piano by Frank Martin
Performer:  David Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Switzerland 

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