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The Ocean Has No East And No West / Peter Serkin


Release Date: 03/28/2000 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7450   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton WebernStefan WolpeOlivier MessiaenToru Takemitsu,   ... 
Performer:  Peter Serkin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Peter Serkin's recital of 20th-century music is one of those intelligently planned programs that sets off shock-waves of recognition and connection among a diverse range of music. Spanning the century and three continents, Serkin's program demonstrates the invention of new languages for the piano while maintaining connections with the old.
The work that sets off this chain reaction is Webern's Variations, which convey a new consciousness of space and silence in music, and in which Serkin finds an unusual amount of lyricism and humor. The following works go in some very interesting directions. Stefan Wolpe brings Bach and ragtime into play, while Messiaen expands on Webern's serialism alongside his usual birdsong references and ecstatic
Read more spiritual outbursts. Takemitsu builds on Messiaen, and Knussen memorializes Takemitsu in perhaps the most beautiful work here, 'Prayer Bell Sketch,' one example of the interplay of East and West alluded to in the album's title. Peter Lieberson's Fantasy sounds most overtly like Webern, while Charles Wuorinen's Bagatelle is a major work with a wide expressive range that belies the lightweight implications of its title. Serkin provides a security of technique and an interpretative poetry throughout that match the insightfulness of his program.
REVIEWS:
International Record Review (6/00, p.84) - "This is a monumental and beautifully structured thematic anthology....The Webern [Variations, Op. 27] receives a finely sculpted performance....Wuorinen's 'Bagatelle'...is a quiet, reflective work of a tremendous subtlety and drama..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations for piano, Op. 27 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Toccata in three parts for Piano by Stefan Wolpe
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Pastorale by Stefan Wolpe
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Rag-Caprice for Piano by Stefan Wolpe
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5.
Form IV: Broken Sequences by Stefan Wolpe
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
6.
Cantéyodjayâ by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Written: 1948 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Rain Tree Sketch by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Japan 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8.
Rain Tree Sketch II by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; Japan 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
9.
Prayer Bell Sketch by Oliver Knussen
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; England 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1997 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
The Ocean that Has No West and No East by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1997 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Fantasy for Piano by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974-1975; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 23 Secs. 
12.
Bagatelle for Piano by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987-1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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