Panorama of American Piano Music

Yvar Mikhashoff's Panorama of American Piano Music


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Panorama of American Piano Music:
From Antheil to Zappa, 1911 to 1991

48 composers • 62 works • 7 first recordings • 4 hours 34 minutes

 

CD 1
Charles IVES  (1874-1954)
1. Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60” (1911-15)
– III.  The Alcotts  7:08

Leo ORNSTEIN  (1893-2002)
2. Suicide in an Airplane (c. 1916)  4:42

Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES  (1884-1920)
3-5. Three Preludes (1919)  7:30

Percy GRAINGER  (1882-1961)
6. In a Nutshell – III. Pastorale (1916)  11:47

Aaron COPLAND   (1900-90)
7-9. Three Sonnets (1918-19)  7:54
FIRST RECORDING of 1 & 3

Henry COWELL  (1897-1965)
10. Amiable Conversation (1917)  1:02

Igor STRAVINSKY  (1882-1971)
11. Valse pour les petits lecteurs du Figaro (1917)  1:04

12-15. George ANTHEIL  (1900-59)
Sonata: Death of Machines  (1922)  2:03

Ernest BLOCH  (1880-1959)
16. Poems of the Sea – II. Chanty  (1922)  3:59
FIRST RECORDING

George GERSHWIN  (1898-1937)
17. Impromptu in Two Keys  (1924)  1:15

Edward Elzear “Zez” CONFREY  (1895-1971)
18. Nickel in the Slot  (1923)  2:36

Dane RUDHYAR  (1895-1985)
19. Third Pentagram (Release) – IV. Stars  (1926)  3:56

Wallingford RIEGGER  (1885-1961)
20. Blue Voyage, Op. 6  (1927)  8:16

Henry BRANT  (1913-2008)
21. Music for a Five and Dime  (1932)  2:56

Ruth CRAWFORD SEEGER  (1901-53)
22. Nine Preludes – No. 6  (1924-28)  3:17

Paul BOWLES  (1910-99)
23. Sonatina Fragmentaria (1933)  4:52
FIRST RECORDING

Conlon NANCARROW  (1912-97)
24. Prelude & Blues – Blues (c. 1935)  2:32

John CAGE  (1912-92)
25. Quest (1935)  1:10

 

CD 2
Ernst KRENEK (1900-91)
1. Twelve Short Piano Pieces, Op. 83 – VI.  A Boat Slowly Sailing (1938)  2:43

Otto LUENING  (1900-96)
2. Six Preludes – Prelude No. 4 (1938-51)  2:15

Roger SESSIONS  (1896-1985)
3. From My Diary, No. 3 (1938)  2:06

Virgil THOMSON  (1896-1989)
4. Souvenir: Portrait of Paul Bowles (1935)  0:58
FIRST RECORDING

Aaron COPLAND  (1900-90)
5. The Resting Place on the Hill, from Our Town (1940)  5:04

Leonard BERNSTEIN  (1918-90)
Seven Anniversaries (1943, rev. 1954)  2:30
6. I. For Aaron Copland 1:44
7. VII. For William Schuman 0:46

Carl RUGGLES  (1876-1971)
8-10. Evocations (1934-43, rev. 1954), movements I, II, IV  10:55

Roy HARRIS  (1898-1979)
11. American Ballads – I. Streets of Laredo (1946)  2:26

Morton GOULD  (1913-96)
12. Prelude & Toccata – Prelude (1945)  2:26

John CAGE  (1912-92)
13. In a Landscape (1948)  9:06

George ANTHEIL  (1900-59)
14-16. Valentine Waltzes  (1949)  7:15

Virgil THOMSON  (1896-1989)
17. For a Happy Occasion (1951)  0:19

Earle BROWN  (1926-2002)
18. Three Pieces – No. 2 (1951)  1:45

Mel POWELL  (1923-1998)
19. Etude (1957)  2:21

La Monte YOUNG  (b. 1935)
20. Study No. 2 (1959)  0:46  FIRST RECORDING
21. Sarabande (1959, rev. 1980)  3:14  FIRST RECORDING FOR PIANO

Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS  (1912-90)
22. Prelude for a Pensive Pupil (1958)  3:02

 

CD 3
Morton FELDMAN  (1926-87)
1. Vertical Thoughts 4 (1963)  3:36

Alan HOVHANESS   (1911-2000)
2-4. Five Visionary Landscapes Op. 214 (1965), movements I, II, III  10:39

Frank ZAPPA  (1940-93)
5. Piano Introduction to “Little House I Used to Live In” (1970)  3:15

Mario DAVIDOVSKY  (b. 1934)
6. Synchronisms No. 6 for piano & tape (1970)  7:19

George CRUMB  (b. 1929)
7. Makrokosmos, Vol. 2 – VII. Tora! Tora! Tora! (Cadenza Apocalittica) (Scorpio) (1973)  2:23

Lou HARRISON  (1917-2003)
8. A Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen (1977)  2:28

Joan TOWER  (b. 1938)
9. Red Garnet Waltz (1977)  3:27

John CAGE  (1912-92)
10. 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs  (1977) – 1st realization  0:17
11. 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs  (1977) – 2nd realization  1:13

Tom CONSTANTEN  (b. 1944)
12. Dejavalse (1977)  2:57

Robert MORAN  (b. 1937)
13. Valse “In Memoriam Maurice Ravel” (1976)  1:56

Philip GLASS  (b. 1937)
14. Modern Love Waltz (1977)  2:51

Frederic RZEWSKI  (b. 1938)
15. Four Piano Pieces – No. 4 (1977)  9:29

Christian WOLFF  (b. 1934)
16. Prelude No. 5 (1981)  4:15

James SELLARS  (b. 1943)
Nocturnes (1981)  10:18
17. I. Spanish Dreams  4:17
18. II. French Dreams  2:14
19. III. American Dreams  3:47

Ross Lee FINNEY  (1906-97)
20. Youth’s Companion – V. Riddle Song (1981)  2:55
FIRST RECORDING

 

CD 4
Philip GLASS  (b. 1937)
1. Opening (1981)  5:21

Lukas FOSS  (1922-2009)
2. Solo (1981)  13:04

Alvin CURRAN  (b. 1938)
3. For Cornelius (1982)  13:47

John CAGE  (1912-92)
4. Souvenir (1983)  7:03
  FIRST RECORDING FOR PIANO

Nils VIGELAND  (b. 1950)
5. Nocturne: The Sensualist, Dying, Recalls His Protestant Youth (1987)  3:13

Stephen PAULUS  (b. 1949)
6. Dance (1987)  2:03

Kamran INCE  (b. 1960)
7. My Friend Mozart (1987)  4:11

Joseph SCHWANTNER  (b. 1943)
8. Veiled Autumn (Kindertodeslied) (1987)  4:20

Otto LUENING  (1900-96)
9. Song Without Words (1987)  2:58

Alvin SINGLETON  (b. 1940)
10. Changing Faces (1970/1987)  1:56
FIRST RECORDING

Lou HARRISON  (1917-2003)
11. A Summerfield Set – I. Sonata (1988)  5:18

Conlon NANCARROW  (1912-97)
12-14. Three Two-Part Studies (c. 1935, premiered by
Yvar Mikhashoff in 1991)  3:29



 

Panorama of American Piano Music is a comprehensive survey of 20th century piano works, beginning with Ives’ “The Alcotts” movement from the Concord Sonata (1911) through 1991.

Every decade is represented with works from between those years.

Pianist Yvar Mikhashoff (1941–93) was a master at presenting marathon concerts on a single theme. The Panorama was one of them, exploring the remarkable diversity of 20th century American music, from serialism to minimalism, populist to avant garde experimentalism, short works for amateur pianists to virtuoso pieces. Never before has such a survey of piano music been represented.

Importantly, Mikhashoff often chose to represent composers not by their well known works but by selecting unusual or unknown, sometimes taken from manuscript scores.

62 works, presented in chronological order, from composers Antheil to Zappa, written  between the years 1911-91.

Specially priced deluxe 4-CD set in slipcase with 28-page book containing many photos. Extensive liner notes by Drew Massey, Yvar Mikhashoff and Brian Brandt.





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