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Beach: Piano Music Vol 4 - The Mature Years / Kirsten Johnson

Beach / Johnson
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7387   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kirsten Johnson has recorded the complete piano music of ‘Boston Six’ composer Amy Beach (1867-1944). This last disc in the series includes all of her final opuses for piano. Old Chapel by Moonlight, From Six to Twelve, A Bit of Cairo, and A September Forest (in manuscript) are all world premiere recordings. Nocturne, which opens the disc, is classic Beach, full of rich chords and sonorities with long melodic lines. A Cradle Song of the Lonely Mother is hypnotic and soulfully beautiful. Johnson’s technical ability and natural flair for these pieces conveys the chipmunks and hummingbirds of Three Pianoforte Pieces, op. 128, with great élan. Amy Beach: Piano Music, Volume Four, The Late Works is a wonderful culmination of this Read more recording project, a marriage of the pianistic talents of Kirsten Johnson with the compositional greatness of her compatriot Amy Beach. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tyrolean Valse-fantaisie, Op. 116 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1926; USA 
2.
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 107 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1924; USA 
3.
By the Still Waters, Op. 114 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1925; USA 
4.
The Old Chapel by Moonlight, Op. 106 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
5.
From Six to Twelve, Op. 119 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
6.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 128 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1932; USA 
7.
Out of the Depths Op. 130 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1932; USA 
8.
Improvisations (5) for Piano, Op. 148 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1938; USA 
9.
Burns Songs (5), Op. 43: no 4, Far awa'! by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; USA 
10.
A Bit of Cairo by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
11.
A September Forest by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Kirsten Johnson (Piano)

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