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American Piano Sonatas / Peter Lawson


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61928   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberCharles IvesRoger SessionsAaron Copland,   ... 
Performer:  Peter Lawson
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Pianist Peter Lawson cultivates a full and resonant sonority and wide dynamic range that suits the rugged registral valleys mapped by Carter and Copland in their respective sonatas. He lavishes similar care over the delicate harmonic twists throughout Griffes' Sonata and lovingly tends the spacious, transcendent lyricism Charles Ives spins when he's not bashing out good dissonances like a man. Listen, for instance, to Lawson's sustained calm and delicately placed "celesta" notes midway through Ives' Three Page Sonata, or to his twinkling dispatch of the Copland Sonata's zesty middle movement. Lawson sustains the slow movement of Roger Sessions' gnarly Second Sonata as eloquently as Robert Helps' more texturally Read more differentiated live recording (CRI), and offers a cogent, somewhat reserved foil to Charles Rosen's more amply engineered and dramatically colored Elliott Carter Sonata (Bridge).

...Enticing, well recorded, and recommended."

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Peter Lawson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 19 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano "Three Page" by Charles Ives
Performer:  Peter Lawson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; USA 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 2 by Roger Sessions
Performer:  Peter Lawson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 15 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 1 by Charles Ives
Performer:  Peter Lawson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1909; USA 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 39 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Piano in G major by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Peter Lawson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 23 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Peter Lawson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 24 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1982 
7.
Sonata for Piano, A 85 by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Peter Lawson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 12/1917-01/1918; United States of Ame 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 17 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata: I. Molto moderato - Allegro
Piano Sonata: II. Vivace
Piano Sonata: III. Andante sostenuto
Three Page Sonata
Piano Sonata: I. Maestoso - Legato scorrevole
Piano Sonata: II. Andante - Allegro giusto
Piano Sonata Op.26: I. Allegro energico
Piano Sonata Op.26: II. Allegro vivace e leggero
Piano Sonata Op.26: III. Adagio mesto
Piano Sonata Op.26: IV. Fuga
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: Feroce - Allegretto con moto
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: Tempo primo - Tranquillamente
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: Molto tranquillo - Appassionato
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: Appasionato - Lento - Presto
Second Sonata for Piano: I. Allegro con fuoco
Second Sonata for Piano: II. Lento
Second Sonata for Piano: III. Misuranto e pesante
Sonata No. 1 for Piano: I. Adagio con moto
Sonata No. 1 for Piano: IIa. First verse : Allegro moderato
Sonata No. 1 for Piano: IIb. Second verse "In the Inn" : Allegro
Sonata No. 1 for Piano: III. Largo - Allegro
Sonata No. 1 for Piano: IVa. -
Sonata No. 1 for Piano: IVb. Allegro
Sonata No. 1 for Piano: V. Andante maestoso

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