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American Tonal - Piano Music Of Barber And Hagen / Golan


Release Date: 03/02/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 324   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberDaron Hagen
Performer:  Jeanne Golan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

American Tonal is an enterprising CD pairing two large-scale American works of great distinction, both of which are played with stunning virtuosity by Jeanne Golan. Alternately explosive and ruminative, Barber's sonata is full of intricate harmonies and nonstop vitality. The first movement utilizes some jazz rhythms and the sprightly second movement contains a brief passage that recalls a Chopin waltz. The 'Adagio mesto' is possessed of a moody ambiguity while the final movement has a jaunty American feel to it. The Nocturne, "Homage to John Field," is a compositionally cunning work: while it contains hints of a twelve-tone procedure, it never strays from its gorgeous, cantabile melody. The Ballade is more sparse and marked by a moody Read more restlessness that Golan captures beautifully. Daron Hagen's 'Qualities of Light,' written in 1998, is a magnificent work destined to become a concert staple. The first of its three movements, "Dusk," is filled with a tranquillity that effectively captures the end of the day; "Built Up Dark" is alternately moody and clangorous while the tuneful "Gloaming" shimmers and glistens with the return of light. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Jeanne Golan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 25 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 33 "Homage to John Field" by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Jeanne Golan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Ballade for Piano, Op. 46 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Jeanne Golan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Qualities of Light by Daron Hagen
Performer:  Jeanne Golan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 23 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata, Op. 26: I. Allegro energico
Piano Sonata, Op. 26: II. Allegro vivace e leggero
Piano Sonata, Op. 26: III. Adagio mesto
Piano Sonata, Op. 26: IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito
Nocturne (Homage to John Field), Op. 33
Ballade, Op. 46
Qualities of Light: I. Dusk
Qualities of Light: II. Built Up Dark
Qualities of Light: III. Gloaming

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