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Rakowski: Etudes From Books Ii, Iii & Iv / Amy Dissanayake


Release Date: 12/24/2002 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

David Rakowski's music in general, and his continually expanding collection of solo piano Etudes in particular - at this writing 48 of what he projects to be 50 or more have been composed- are laced with examples of his agile mind and sheer delight in his ability to, as he puts it, "play games with the ways that notes get put together." It seems particularly felicitous to invoke the name of Haydn when discussing the music of David Rakowski. Like Haydn, Rakowski combines a genuine seriousness of purpose and absolute command of a highly sophisticated technique with flashes of humor that is by turns wry, more than a little bent, whimsical and even, at times, outrageous. Obvious manifestations of this can include not only the punning titles of Read more so many of Rakowski's pieces, including those of the Etudes on this disk, but also the performance indications in the scores themselves ("Allegro troppo" - "too fast"; "pipistrello in uscita dal inferno" - "bat out of hell"). Pianist Amy Dissanayake makes her recorded debut with stunning performances of twenty-two of Rakowski's Etudes, many receiving their premiere recordings. This disc is for fans of virtuoso pianism and new music that is simultaneously subtle, richly complex and teeming with ideas, yet lucid in structure and distinctive in profile. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 20, Fourth of Habit by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
2.
The Third Man by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 17, Keine Kaskadenjagd mehr by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
4.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 16, Ice Boogie by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
5.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 18, Pitching from the Stretch by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
6.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 19, Secondary Dominance by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
7.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 12, Northpaw by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
8.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 11, Touch Typing by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
9.
Etudes for Piano, Book 4: no 36, Purple by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
10.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 13a, Plucking A by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996/2002; USA 
11.
Etudes for Piano, Book 2: no 14, Martler by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
12.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 21, Twelve-Step Program by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
13.
Roll Your Own by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
14.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 23, You Dirty Rag by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
15.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 24, Horned In by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
16.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 30, A Gliss is Just a Gliss by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
17.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 26, Once Bitten by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
18.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 27, Halftone by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
19.
Etudes for Piano, Book 4: no 35, Luceole by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
20.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 28, You've Got Scale by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
21.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 22, Schnozzage by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
22.
Etudes for Piano, Book 3: no 25, Fists of Fury by David Rakowski
Performer:  Amy Dissanayake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 

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