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Ives, Copland: Piano Sonatas / Easley Blackwood


Release Date: 08/24/1996 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 5   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles IvesAaron Copland
Performer:  Easley Blackwood
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Few pianists have had the courage to tackle Ives' "Concord" Sonata in public. Easley Blackwood made it his signature piece. Blackwood earned high praise for his concert performances of Ives' "Concord" Sonata, a set of transcendentalist meditations named for Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcott family and Thoreau, all of whom lived in Concord, Mass. Critic Max Harrison of The London Times declared Blackwood's performance of the piece "the finest account I have ever heard."

Chicago Symphony Orchestra flutist Richard Graef, a Blackwood colleague in the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Pro Musica chamber music ensemble, performs in the sonata's "Thoreau" movement.

Copland's Piano
Read more Sonata, long overshadowed by his populist works, represents his most profound and personal thoughts. A surprisingly lively middle movement explores fast rhythms in irregular, rapidly changing meters. "I never would have thought of those rhythms if I had not been familiar with jazz," Copland remarked.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840-60" by Charles Ives
Performer:  Easley Blackwood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  WFMT Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 44 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Easley Blackwood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  WFMT Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 21 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-60", "Concord Sonata": I. Emerson
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-60", "Concord Sonata": II. Hawthorne
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-60", "Concord Sonata": III. The Alcotts
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-60", "Concord Sonata": IV. Thoreau
Piano Sonata: I. Molto moderato
Piano Sonata: II. Vivace
Piano Sonata: III. Andante sostenuto

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