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American Piano Music Of The 1940s / Sara Laimon


Release Date: 08/31/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 685   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lukas FossElliott CarterLeonard BernsteinCarl Ruggles,   ... 
Performer:  Sara Laimon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A sense of knowing exactly where she wanted to go: music-making as intelligent as it was technically proficient". - The New York Times (2001 live performance of this disc's repertoire)

"Sarah Laimon plays all these pieces with rich tone, subtle nuance, and unwavering intelligence." - American Record Guide

Pianist Sara Laimon is an active performer in both solo and chamber music. She has performed in Canada, the United States, England, France, Japan, Mexico and Poland, and she has represented the U.S. Information Agency as an Artistic Ambassador in India and Nepal.

Laimon is a founding member and co-artistic director of the acclaimed New York-based group Sequitur
Read more and has been guest artist with numerous other ensembles. As a sought-after performer of new music, she has worked with composers such as Ligeti, Berio, Bresnick and Kirchner, as well as performing and recording music of many emerging American composers.

Born in Vancouver, Laimon is a graduate of the Vancouver Academy of Music, the University of British Columbia, Yale School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook, where she received a DMA under Gilbert Kalish. She was a member of the piano faculty at the Yale School of Music and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg before joining the McGill Faculty of Music in 2001, where she is currently chair of the Piano Area.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy Rondo for Piano by Lukas Foss
Performer:  Sara Laimon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/18/2002 - 09/20/2002) 
2.
Sonata for Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Sara Laimon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1946; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 24 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/18/2002 - 09/20/2002) 
3.
Anniversaries (7) for Piano by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Sara Laimon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1943; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/18/2002 - 09/20/2002) 
4.
Four Chants for Piano "Evocations" by Carl Ruggles
Performer:  Sara Laimon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1954; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/18/2002 - 09/20/2002) 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 1 by Leon Kirchner
Performer:  Sara Laimon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 16 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/18/2002 - 09/20/2002) 

Sound Samples

Fantasy Rondo
Piano Sonata: I. Maestoso - Legato scorrevole
Piano Sonata: II. Andante
7 Anniversaries: No. 1. For Aaron Copland
7 Anniversaries: No. 2. For My Sister, Shirley
7 Anniversaries: No. 3. In Memoriam: Alfred Eisner
7 Anniversaries: No. 4. For Paul Bowles
7 Anniversaries: No. 5. In Memoriam: Nathalie Koussevitzky
7 Anniversaries: No. 6. For Sergei Koussevitzky
7 Anniversaries: No. 7. For William Schuman
Evocations (version for piano): I. Largo
Evocations (version for piano): II. Andante con fantasia
Evocations (version for piano): III. Moderato appassionato
Evocations (version for piano): IV. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 1: I. Lento
Piano Sonata No. 1: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 1: III. Allegro risoluto

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