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Poems For Piano - Gould, Persichetti, Et Al / Mirian Conti


Release Date: 08/25/1998 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 299   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Morton GouldDavid DiamondErnest BlochVincent Persichetti
Performer:  Mirian Conti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Another new release of unfamiliar modern piano music that is beautifully performed and worth knowing...Surprisingly appealing are Morton Gould's late (1985) Pieces of China, described in the program notes as an American's impressions of China. But these six sketches strike me more as a French jazz pianist's impressions of China."

-- Fanfare,

With Poems for Piano, pianist Mirian Conti brings to the catalogue a collection of previously unrecorded works by twentieth-century American composers. With the exception of David Diamond's two brief Sonatinas, all of the pieces are programmatic. Each of Vincent Persichetti's 'Poems for Piano' is an evocation of a single line of poetry; Morton Gould's
Read more 'Pieces of China' have titles like "The great wall" and "Puppets;" and Ernst Bloch's 'Poems of the Sea' are impressionist tone paintings in the spirit of Debussy's 'La mer.'

Conti's experience in and comfort with this repertoire is evident from the first track, as soon as she begins Gould's driving, jazzy picture of China's Great Wall. She carries off Persichetti's poetry with grace and ease, capturing both the dreamy qualities of "Sleep, weary mind; dream, heart's desire" (Edna St. Vincent Millay) and the dancing of "Each gay dunce shall lend a hand" (John Trumbull).

Aside from bringing the music of non-academic modern composers to disc, Poems for Piano does a great service to American music in demonstrating that there's more to it than just Copland, Barber, and Bernstein. In both content and performance, Conti's program is an engaging listen from start to finish.
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Works on This Recording

1. Pieces of China by Morton Gould
Performer:  Mirian Conti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Classic Sound, New York City 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Sonatina for Piano no 1 by David Diamond
Performer:  Mirian Conti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Classic Sound, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3. Sonatina for Piano no 2 by David Diamond
Performer:  Mirian Conti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Classic Sound, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. Poems of the Sea by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Mirian Conti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Classic Sound, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5. Poems for Piano Vol 1, Op. 4 by Vincent Persichetti
Performer:  Mirian Conti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Classic Sound, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6. Poems for Piano Vol 2, Op. 5 by Vincent Persichetti
Performer:  Mirian Conti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Classic Sound, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7. Poems for Piano Vol 3, Op. 14 by Vincent Persichetti
Performer:  Mirian Conti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Classic Sound, New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Pieces of China: I. The Great Wall
Pieces of China: II. Fable
Pieces of China: III. China Blue
Pieces of China: IV. Puppets
Pieces of China: V. Slow Dance-Lotus
Pieces of China: VI. China Chips
Poems, Vol. 1, Op. 4: No. 1. Unroll the flicker's rousing drum
Poems, Vol. 1, Op. 4: No. 2. Soft is the collied night
Poems, Vol. 1, Op. 4: No. 3. Gather for the festival bright weed and purple shell
Poems, Vol. 1, Op. 4: No. 4. Wake subtler dreams, and touch me nigh to tears
Poems, Vol. 1, Op. 4: No. 5. Ravished lute, sing to her virgin ears
Poems, Vol. 1, Op. 4: No. 6. Whose thin fraud I wink at privily
Poems, Vol. 2, Op. 5: No. 1. And warm winds spilled fragrance into her solitudes
Poems, Vol. 2, Op. 5: No. 2. To whose more clear than crystal voice the frost had joined a crystal spell
Poems, Vol. 2, Op. 5: No. 3. Sleep, weary mind; dream, heart's desire
Poems, Vol. 2, Op. 5: No. 4. Dust in sunlight, and memory in corners
Poems, Vol. 2, Op. 5: No. 5. Make me drunken with deep red torrents of joy
Poems, Vol. 3, Op. 14: No. 1. Rear its fronding sighing in aetherial folds
Poems, Vol. 3, Op. 14: No. 2. Listen! Can you hear the antic melody of fear those two anxious feet are playing?
Poems, Vol. 3, Op. 14: No. 3. Puffed out and marching upon a blue sky
Poems, Vol. 3, Op. 14: No. 4. And hunged like those top jewels of the night
Poems, Vol. 3, Op. 14: No. 5. Each gay dunce shall lend a hand
Piano Sonatina No. 1: I. Largo assai
Piano Sonatina No. 1: II. Allegretto
Piano Sonatina No. 1: III. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonatina No. 2: I. Andante quasi allegretto
Piano Sonatina No. 2: II. Allegro moderato
Poems of the Sea (version for piano): I. Waves: Poco agitato
Poems of the Sea (version for piano): II. Chanty: Andante misterioso
Poems of the Sea (version for piano): III. At Sea: Allegro vivo

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