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Wilder: Music for Piano / John Noel Roberts

Wilder / Roberts
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1294  
Composer:  Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

He created little gems that challenge the artistry of the performer. The music on this CD, beautifully and elegantly performed and interpreted by pianist John Noel Roberts, marks the debut recording of many of Wilder’s solo piano works. They are a treat to hear.

Unlike many of his chamber works Alec Wilder’s solo piano works are miniatures, delicately balanced, and succinct. More than half the pieces and movements are under a minute in length as Wilder chose brevity in his expression, making his musical points in concise and contrasting musical statements. Given the rich, grand repertory for solo piano, Wilder never presumed that he could add to the huge output of the grand masters. Instead, he created little gems
Read more that challenge the artistry of the performer. The music on this CD, beautifully and elegantly performed and interpreted by pianist John Noel Roberts, marks the debut recording of many of Wilder’s solo piano works. They are a treat to hear. John Noel Roberts is a consummate pianist and teacher who has demonstrated his interpretive skills, technical ability and his wide-ranging repertoire in solo and concerto performances in Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Italy, Great Britain, Canada and the United States. Formerly Artist in Residence and Head of Music at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, Roberts has also served on the faculties at Furman University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Mercer University. Currently he is Professor of Piano and Director of the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University.

R E V I E W S:

"Alec Wilder has long been one of my favorite composers. He died in 1980 at age 73 and his music never really made it in the orchestral world. His variety of chamber music has been mostly loved and appreciated by enthusiasts at colleges and universities, and his songs by singers like Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie & Roy, and others who have felt that they all belong as gems in the Great American Songbook. Wilder has been compared to Gershwin and Bernstein in being a true American Original – crossing over all boundaries between pop, jazz and classical.... Alec Wilder’s piano music consists of delicate little miniatures, many under a minute in length.... As with his other music, they would resonate with today’s musicians and discerning listeners. He explored many different directions in these little pieces: unexpected harmonies, unusual ornamentation and counterpoint, and sudden bluesy sections that begin to swing a little bit (almost as if the performer is hoping the instructor doesn’t notice). It’s a shame Wilder’s piano music hasn’t had a decent recording until now, as have his many works for solo woodwinds and piano or woodwind ensembles. But at least we have them now."

– John Sunier, Audiophile Audition Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata-Fantasy by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Hardy Suite by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Suite for Piano no 1 by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Suite for Piano no 2 by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Un Deuxième Essai by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
Suite for Piano no 3 by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
7.
Suite for Piano no 4 by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
8.
Mosaics (12) by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Noel Roberts (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Sound Samples

Sonata-Fantasy: I. Moderato
Sonata-Fantasy: II. Andante Tranquillo
Sonata-Fantasy: III. With a slow rocking beat
Sonata-Fantasy: IV. Allegro
Hardy Suite: I. -
Hardy Suite: II. -
Hardy Suite: III. -
Hardy Suite: IV. -
Suite for Piano I: I. -
Suite for Piano I: II. -
Suite for Piano I: III. -
Suite for Piano I: IV. -
Suite for Piano I: V. -
Suite for Piano II: I. -
Suite for Piano II: II. -
Suite for Piano II: III. -
Suite for Piano II: IV. -
Un deuxieme essai: I. Moderato
Un deuxieme essai: II. Ritmico
Un deuxieme essai: III. Lento
Un deuxieme essai: IV. Legerement
Un deuxieme essai: V. Berceuse
Un deuxieme essai: VI. Tempo di Valse
Un deuxieme essai: VII. Chorale
Un deuxieme essai: VIII. Allegretto
Suite for Piano III: I. Moderato
Suite for Piano III: II. Slowly, Meditatively
Suite for Piano III: III. Flowingly
Suite for Piano IV: I. -
Suite for Piano IV: II. -
Suite for Piano IV: III. -
Suite for Piano IV: IV. -
12 Mosaics: No. 1. Promenade
12 Mosaics: No. 2. Merrythought
12 Mosaics: No. 3. Chromatic Waltz
12 Mosaics: No. 4. Musette
12 Mosaics: No. 5. Pattern in Color
12 Mosaics: No. 6. Quiet Invention
12 Mosaics: No. 7. Undercurrent
12 Mosaics: No. 8. Thirds on the Run
12 Mosaics: No. 9. Minute March
12 Mosaics: No. 10. Pensive Lullaby
12 Mosaics: No. 11. Brief Ballad
12 Mosaics: No. 12. Restless Theme

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