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American Classics - Confrey: Piano Music / Andjaparidze


Release Date: 01/19/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559016   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Eteri Andjaparidze nails the keyboard miniatures of Zez Confrey... You'll recognize Confrey's 'Kitten on the Keys' (1921) from dozens of frantic silent-comedy soundtracks, but you will never have heard it played with such fluent panache. In Confrey's high-velocity 'Dizzy Fingers' (1923), Ms. Andjaparidze demonstrates what happens when a cultivated Russian-trained virtuoso connects with an American original once dubbed 'The People's Paderewski.' (Ms. Andjaparidze is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where pianists gravitate to jazz.)"
- "Old Sounds From the New World," New York Times (Joseph Horowitz) July 15, 2001

"Known for his Kitten on the Keys and a raft of other jazzy
Read more parlor-piano pieces back in the Jazz Age, Confrey was a precocious virtuoso who became a musical star for decades. Some of his pieces sound terribly difficult but they were actually not so difficult to master and therefore very popular for ripping off on the piano found in many homes at the time. The 24 selections here (from a pianist who evidently could only muster one z in his name instead of two) include his big hit plus another hit, Dizzy Fingers, an African Suite, another suite called Moods of a New Yorker, and a later far-out ditty from the year he died, Fourth Dimension. Great ivory-ticklin' fun that shouldn't be forgotten as part of our American musical heritage."
- Audiophile Audition
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Works on This Recording

1.
Kitten on the Keys by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Dizzy Fingers by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Meandering by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
African Suite by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Jay Walk by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Sparkling Waters by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Wise Cracker Suite by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
8.
Amazonia by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
9.
Blue Tornado by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
10.
Three Little Oddities by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
Coaxing the Piano by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Stumbling by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
Moods of a New Yorker by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 11 Minutes 56 Secs. 
14.
Rhythm Venture by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
15.
Fourth Dimension by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Fisher Hall, Santa Rosa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Kitten on the Keys
Dizzy Fingers
Meandering (1936): Meandering
African Suite (1924): I. High Hattin'
African Suite (1924): II. Kinda Careless
African Suite (1924): III. Mississippi Shivers
Jay Walk (1927): Jay Walk
Wise Cracker Suite: I. Yokel Opus
Wise Cracker Suite: II. Mighty Lackawanna
Wise Cracker Suite: III. The Sheriff's Lament
Amazonia (1945): Amazonia
Blue Tornado (1935): Blue Tornado
3 Little Oddities (1923): I. Impromptu
3 Little Oddities (1923): II. Romanza
3 Little Oddities (1923): III. Novelette
Coaxing the Piano
Stumbling (Paraphrase) (1922): Stumbling (Paraphrase)
Moods of a New Yorker (1932): I. At Dusk
Moods of a New Yorker (1932): II. Movie Ballet
Moods of a New Yorker (1932): III. Relaxation
Moods of a New Yorker (1932): IV. After Theatre (Tango)
Ma mere l'oye (Mother Goose) (version for orchestra): Rhythm Venture
Fourth Dimension (1959): Fourth Dimension

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