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...In Real Time - Berio, Goehr, Henze, Et Al / Peter Serkin


Release Date: 08/30/1998 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68189   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter LiebersonOliver KnussenHans Werner HenzeAlexander Goehr,   ... 
Performer:  Peter Serkin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Can a performer make a composition sound better than it really is? Peter Serkin is one who surely can. He’s a marvellous pianist, and plays everything on this disc with an uncanny sensitivity to tone, nuance and overall shaping. He is also an enthusiastic champion of living composers. All these nine works were written for Serkin, seven for a 1989-90 recital tour consisting entirely of specially commissioned compositions. Other pieces by Peter Lieberson frame the present collection, while the work he wrote for the tour occupies the central position; this American composer has long been the pianist’s close friend. Breeze of Delight, from Lieberson’s Fantasy Pieces, works minor miracles with the sorts of gestures and harmonic language familiar Read more from John Ireland. Other compositions – including some of Lieberson’s – still end up seeming more the result of craft and occasionally remarkable ingenuity exacted on tired, if generally dissonant, materials and borrowed forms than the product of compulsive invention: Oliver Knussen’s Variations, for example, or Alexander Goehr’s … in real time I, which gives the disc its title. Leon Kirchner’s often turbulent, cunning Interlude suggests the hand of an underrated master. But even in this case, the responsibility for turning prose into poetry could, as elsewhere, have really been Serkin’s astonishing talent.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Keith Potter, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bagatelles for Piano by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/31/1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Variations for Piano, Op. 24 by Oliver Knussen
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Piece for Peter by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
...in real time I, Op. 50 by Alexander Goehr
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Fantasy Pieces for Piano by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Feuerklavier by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
Les yeux clos II by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Japan 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
8.
Garland by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9.
Interlude for Piano no 1 by Leon Kirchner
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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