Category Archives: Classical

(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  This recording, with Thomas Labe on piano, brought together some of Hanson’s unpublished solo piano oeuvre.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 … Continue reading

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(July 26, 2015): Arthur Foote – Ballade in F minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 69

From the 2000 album, Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2 / Melody / Ballade.   This piece was published and premiered in 1910.  The liner notes indicate that of all his shorter works for piano and violin, Foote thought this one his … Continue reading

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(July 5, 2015): Frederic Rzewski – The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

From the 2008 album, The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues.  Here are all 36 variations of Sergio Ortega’s protest song, composed by Rzewski in 1975.  Patience is required at the outset because, for some reason, the … Continue reading

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(May 21, 2015): Jesús Guridi – Sinfonía Pirenaica (1945)

From the 2005 album, Sinfonía Pirenaica.  This is a 2003 recording by the Bilboa Symphony Orchestra with Juan José Mena conducting.  Guridi, who plays to my Basque sensibilities, said that this symphony is a musical evocation of the soul of … Continue reading

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(Mar. 14, 2015 – bonus): Tom Anton – Cicadian March

A 2015 composition put together with GarageBand by the boy after hearing some impressive Double Drummer cicadas.

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(Feb. 23, 2015): Yo Yo Ma – Once Upon A Time in the West

From the 2004 album, Yo Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone.  This is the main theme the Sergio Leone Suite.

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(Nov. 27, 2014): Andy Teirstein – Turn Me Loose

From the 2009 album, Open Crossings.  A 2007 three movement composition (The Old Trail; The Creek; Rebbe’s Dance) for piano trio.  The Alaria trio performs here, with Norman Carey on piano.

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