(November 12, 2015): Howard Hanson – Poèmes érotiques, Op.9

From the 2000 album, Piano Sonata; Poèmes érotiques.  This recording, with Thomas Labe on piano, brought together some of Hanson’s unpublished solo piano oeuvre.  The liner notes record that: “Hanson articulated his inspiration for the Poemes erotiques in a handwritten postscript: “The Four ‘Poemes erotiques’ [only three are extant in the manuscript book] are my first studied attempt at psychological’ writing. Written during my first/second year at Pacific (1917/18) and performed here. The third and fourth have a slightly morbid tendency reflecting a perturbed state of mind.” The composer gave the set a premiere performance at the College of the Pacific in 1918.”

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