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Piano Dance - A 20th-century Portrait / Gloria Cheng


Release Date: 07/25/2000 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80549   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joan HuangClaude DebussySamuel AdlerBohuslav Martinu,   ... 
Performer:  Gloria Cheng
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Over the centuries, the spirit of the dance has bonded music of all forms. Though infinitely varied, music that inspires the dance shares an intangible essence: part rhythm, part melody, it makes the body move. Pianist Gloria Cheng's tribute to 20th century dance taps into this powerful force, producing an album as ambitious and varied as it is successful.
From the familiar strains of Ravel's Waltz IV from 'Valses Nobles et Sentimentales' to the irrepressible sensuality of Donald R. Davis' "Illicit Felicity," the music is rich with surprises. Migues del Aguila's 'Congo' provides a lively climax to an album full of refreshing twists. Philip Glass's 'Modern Love Waltz' leads to the work of an earlier American innovator, Henry Cowell's
Read more "Lilt of the Reel." Each piece shines light on a different aspect of the dance, each is rewarding in a unique way.
Cheng's piano delves deeper into the music, past the rhythms to find the essence. An excellent soloist with an ear for new music as well as early pieces, she creates a delightful overview of 20th century dance. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Reflections after a Rainbow: Red Ribbon Dance by Joan Huang
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Children's Corner: no 6, Golliwogg's Cake-walk by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
3.
The Road to Terpsichore: Like a Tarantelle by Samuel Adler
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Etudes and Polkas for Piano, Book 2: Polka in E major by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Czech Republic 
5.
Hungarian rock by György Ligeti
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Synthesizer), Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Gloria Cheng 
6.
Tango by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
7.
Souvenirs, Op. 28: Suite - Hesitation Tango by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
8.
Mazurkas (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in D flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
9.
Valse-improvisation on the name of Bach for Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
10.
Valses nobles et sentimentales: no 4, Assez animé by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
11.
Modern Love Waltz by Philip Glass
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
12.
The Lilt of the Reel by Henry Cowell
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1944; USA 
13.
Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 12: no 3, Rigaudon by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1913; Russia 
14.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 6, Original by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Spain 
15.
Danza Criolla by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
16.
Illicit Felicity by Donald Davis
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: Transcribed: Donald R. Davis 
17.
Conga by Miguel Del Aguila
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
18.
Dream Rags: Sleepwalker's Shuffle by Samuel Adler
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
19.
Suite for Piano, Op. 26 "1922": Shimmy by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
20.
A Tortoise's Tango "Without Jealousy" by Per Norgaard
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Denmark 
Length: 17 Minutes 35 Secs. 
21.
Waltz for Piano no 7 by Leo Ornstein
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
22.
La femme 100 tętes: Percussion Dance by George Antheil
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USA 
23.
Romanian Dances (2) for Piano, Op. 8a/Sz 43: no 1, Allegro vivace by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Gloria Cheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Budapest, Hungary 

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