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American Classics - Hanson: Piano Sonata, Etc / Thomas Labé


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559047   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Howard Hanson wrote most of the solo piano music on this disc early in his career, before he became the first American to win the Prix de Rome in 1921, and before his forty-year tenure as director of the Eastman School of Music. Though he later focused on orchestral writing in emulation of Respighi, his teacher in Rome, Hanson's piano music intimately defines the romantic and popular character of his work. Hanson's music is emotionally yearning, tuneful Americana.
Critically acclaimed American pianist Thomas Labé has researched Hanson's music extensively, which was necessary, as many of Hanson's scores are unpublished. His labor informs his virtuosic playing with keen insight in these performances, five out of eight of which are world
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Works on This Recording

1.
Yuletide Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 19 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Missisauga, Ontario 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Počmes érotiques, Op. 9 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1918; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Missisauga, Ontario 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Miniatures (3) for Piano, Op. 12 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Missisauga, Ontario 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 18 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Missisauga, Ontario 
Length: 12 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Enchantment by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Missisauga, Ontario 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
For the First Time by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Missisauga, Ontario 
Length: 19 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Howard Hanson (1970) 
7.
Slumber Song by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Missisauga, Ontario 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, Op. 11 by Howard Hanson
Performer:  Thomas Labé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Living Arts Centre, Missisauga, Ontario 
Length: 16 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Thomas Labé 

Sound Samples

2 Yuletide Pieces, Op. 19: Impromptu
2 Yuletide Pieces, Op. 19: March Carillon
Poemes erotiques, Op. 9: Peace
Poemes erotiques, Op. 9: Joy
Poemes erotiques, Op. 9: Desire
Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 11: I. Andante Espressivo
Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 11: II. Elegie herbique
Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 11: III. Triumphal Ode
3 Miniatures, Op. 12: Reminiscence
3 Miniatures, Op. 12: Lullaby
3 Miniatures, Op. 12: Longing
3 Etudes, Op. 18: Studio ritmico
3 Etudes, Op. 18: Studio Melodico
3 Etudes, Op. 18: Poema Idillico
Enchantment
For the First Time: Bells
For the First Time: Tamara and Peter Bolshoi
For the First Time: The Deserted House
For the First Time: The Eccentric Clock
For the First Time: Deep Forest
For the First Time: Clowns
For the First Time: Dance
For the First Time: Serious Conversation
For the First Time: Kikimora
For the First Time: Mist
For the First Time: Fireworks
For the First Time: Dreams
Slumber Song

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