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American Classics - Griffes: Complete Piano Works Vol 2


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559046   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael LewinJanice Weber
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Charles Tomlinson Griffes only lived 35 years; his death in 1920 cut short one of the most promising careers in American music. During his short life span he created a collection of short, rhapsodic works that are full of color and romantic adventure. The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla-Khan is best known in its orchestrated version, expanded and altered somewhat from the original piano composition. It is a lush, lyrical, and dramatic work whose exotic melodies exude Middle-Eastern and Oriental influences. Of the other compositions, the Piece in D minor, from 1915, stands out. Elegant, impassioned impressionism reigns in this engaging work, and it certainly deserves wider recognition. Though the rest of the pieces on the CD are all worth hearing, Read more the early transcription for two pianos of the Hansel and Gretel overture is most impressive. Griffes had gone to Europe to study with Humperdinck, and no doubt intended his masterful arrangement as a tribute. As performed here, it is one of the most charming duo-piano pieces in the repertoire. Michael Lewin plays the rest of the program with passion and precision, though his interpretations lack that last measure of urgency given by James Tocco on Gasparo. The latter, however did not record all of this music, so at the low Naxos price, no one should mind duplicating a few of these works. The recorded sound is exemplary, using 24-bit technology for the highest resolution.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan, Op. 8 by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Preludes (3) for Piano by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Piece for Piano in E major by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Dance for Piano in A minor by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Fantasy Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 6 by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 17 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Piece for Piano in D minor by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Piece for Piano in B flat major by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Hansel and Gretel Overture (Humperdinck) for 2 Pianos by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Janice Weber (Piano), Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1910; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9.
Symphonische Phantasie for 2 Pianos by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Janice Weber (Piano), Michael Lewin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario 
Length: 13 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, Op. 8: The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla-Khan
3 Preludes: Prelude No. 1
3 Preludes: Prelude No. 2
3 Preludes: Prelude No. 3
Piece in E major
Dance in A minor
3 Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6: Barcarolle
3 Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6: Notturno
3 Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6: Scherzo
Piece in D minor
Piece in B flat major
Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel Overture: Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel Overture
Symphonische Phantasie (version for 2 pianos): Symphonische Phantasie for Two Pianos

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