What Are They Doing to That Piano?

Release Date: 5/12/2017
Label: Navona
Catalog Number: NV6100
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
Number of Discs: 5

Physical Format:

CD
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$34.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is an exciting new album bundle of five previously released albums from Navona Records. What Are They Doing To That Piano? features composers and artists dedicated to finding the most adventurous and compelling sounds that the piano has to offer. Opening with works composed by John Cage, the virtual godfather of prepared piano, and performed by the virtuosic Kate Boyd, this bundle contains one of the most eclectic collections of solo piano music a listener will ever encounter. Ice & Fire, first released in 2013 by Navona Records, features six compositions by Stephen Scott for the Bowed Piano Ensemble, including Afternoon of a Fire, written for bowed piano and improvised native american flute in memory of a wildfire that occurred in his native Colorado. The album also includes experimental works that interpret the concept of drones, a piece with five miniatures for bowed piano, and Scott's first written piece for voice and bowed piano. Originally released on Ravello Records in 2016, 16-2-60-N-5: Works for Electronics & Piano, by composer and pianist Sidney Bailin, shows how musical technique can exist solely to help him tell his secrets. A combination of piano and electroacoustic works, 16-2-60-N-5 transforms patterns and structures into a viscerally and emotionally gripping sound experience. Felt, a compilation for solo piano first offered by Navona Records in 2015, presents the works of a number of composers including Matthew Durrant and Byron Petty. With each composer comes a subtly different perception of what the piano is capable, a degree of variation that presents itself repeatedly in the kaleidoscopic collection of pieces included on this release. On An Evolving Cycle, Gheorghe Costinescu's second Ravello Records album, first released in 2013, the composer explores the manner in which keyboard idioms evolved from Baroque to 21st-century contemporary, charting the evolution of form and technique with a deft control of style. Throughout this collection, the composers and performers run the gamut of stylistic and physical variations possible for the piano and its repertoire. It seems only fitting that these albums would ultimately be combined into a single compendium of the piano at its finest, and we are pleased to finally offer, in collected form, What Are They Doing To That Piano?
Works on This Recording
1. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano by John Cage
Performer: Kate Boyd (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946-1948 ; USA
2. In a Landscape by John Cage
Performer: Kate Boyd (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
3. Afternoon of a Fire by Stephen [Class.] Scott
Performer: Saraiyo Ruano (Native American Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
4. New York Drones by Stephen [Class.] Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
5. Vocalise on "In a Silent Way" by Stephen [Class.] Scott
Performer: Victoria Hansen (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
6. Aurora Ficta by Stephen [Class.] Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
7. La Guitarra by Stephen [Class.] Scott
Performer: Victoria Hansen (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
8. Baltic Sketches by Stephen [Class.] Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
9. Space Rocks "Shapes and Shadows" by Sidney Bailin
Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
10. Reeds by the Shore by Sidney Bailin
Performer: Sidney Bailin (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary
11. Speak, Child by Sidney Bailin
Performer: Sidney Bailin (Electronics), M. Bailin (Voice)
Period: Contemporary
12. Excursions (3), for piano by Matthew Durrant
Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2008 ;
13. Prelude to the Holy Dark, for piano by Amir Zaheri
Performer: J. Bradley Baker (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
14. Propuntal Displays, for piano by Byron Petty
Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1995 ;
15. Anything, for piano by Ron Nagorcka
Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
16. Nor Gates of Steel So Strong, but Time Decays?, for piano by Robert A. Baker
Performer: Robert A. Baker (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
17. Valence I, for piano by Robert A. Baker
Performer: Robert A. Baker (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2008 ;
18. [CD-ROM Track] by Unspecified
Period: Modern
19. Winter, for piano in F minor by Rachel Lee Guthrie
Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
20. In Memoriam, for piano by Richard Pressley
Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2010 ;
21. Theme and Variations for Piano by Gheorghe Costinescu
Performer: Stephen Gosling (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ;
22. Sonata for Piano by Gheorghe Costinescu
Performer: Stephen Gosling (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ;
23. Evolving Cycle of Two-Part Modal Inventions for Piano by Gheorghe Costinescu
Performer: Stephen Gosling (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964 ; Romania
24. Essay in Sound by Gheorghe Costinescu
Performer: Stephen Gosling (Piano)
Written: 2011 ;
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