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American Classics - Cowell: Homage To Iran, Piano Pieces, The Banshee / Continuum


Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559193   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is even more fascinating than the first volume. As previously, there is both commitment and panache from the performers and a decent recording. A well-documented and worthy addition to the American Classics series. Cowell was a prolific composer who wrote twenty symphonies and much else besides. Hopefully Naxos will give us the opportunity to explore his music further." -- Patrick C Waller, MusicWeb

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Henry Cowell was one of the most remarkable figures in American music. A startlingly innovative composer, an inimitable piano virtuoso who outraged or delighted his audiences, a brilliant writer, teacher, lecturer and organizer, Cowell almost single-handedly laid the foundations for
Read more American compositional life. This second Continuum Portrait of Cowell’s music ( Volume 1 is available on Naxos 8559192) includes further examples of his most experimental piano pieces, calling for strumming and plucking the strings, as well as using forearms to produce tone clusters. Other compositions fuse Asian and Western idioms in striking new blends. Yet, however advanced his ideas, or multifaceted his output, Cowell’s music remains immediately accessible. -- Naxos
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Works on This Recording

1.
Homage to Iran by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
2.
Six Casual Developments by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Set of Five by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
4.
Songs (2) on Poems of Catherine Riegger by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
5.
Pièce pour piano avec cordes by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Paris, France 
6.
Vestiges by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; USA 
7.
Euphoria by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
8.
Dynamic Motion: Encore no 1, What's This by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
9.
Elegie by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
10.
The Banshee by Henry Cowell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 

Sound Samples

Homage to Iran: I. Andante rubato
Homage to Iran: II. Interlude (Presto)
Homage to Iran: III. Andante rubato
Homage to Iran: IV. Con spirito
Piece for Piano with Strings
Vestiges
Euphoria
Dynamic Motion and encores: What's This?
Elegie for Hanya Holm: Elegie
The Banshee
2 Songs: Sunset
2 Songs: Rest
6 Casual Developments: I. Rubato
6 Casual Developments: II. Andante
6 Casual Developments: III. Andante
6 Casual Developments: IV. Allegro
6 Casual Developments: V. Adagio cantabile
6 Casual Developments: VI. Allegretto con moto
Set of 5: I. Largo sostenuto
Set of 5: II. Allegro
Set of 5: III. Andante
Set of 5: IV. Presto leggiero
Set of 5: V. Vigoroso

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