MENNIN: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 7, Piano Concerto

Peter Mennin: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 7Piano Concerto  (Liner Notes for CRI CD741)During the years immediately following World War II, when American composers were generally divided among the nationalist-populists, the neoromantic traditionalists, and several camps of the avant-garde, Peter Mennin preferred …

Twentieth Century 4-Hand Piano Music. PERSICHETTI: Concerto for Piano, Four Hands. CORIGLIANO: Gazebo Dances. RIEGGER: The Cry. Evocation. G. LEVINSON: Morning Star. C. POLIN: Phantasmagoria. S. SHIFRIN: The Modern Temper. L. MOSS: Omaggio.

TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN 4-HAND PIANO MUSIC. Margret Elson, Elizabeth Swarthout, piano. LAUREL LR859CD [DDD]; 69:19. Produced by Herschel Burke Gilbert. PERSICHETTI: Concerto for Piano, Four Hands. CORIGLIANO: Gazebo Dances. RIEGGER: The Cry. Evocation. G. LEVINSON: Morning Star. C. POLIN: Phantasmagoria. S. …

A Continuing Reassessment of Samuel Barber

Five recent releases, several of which make substantial contributions to the Samuel Barber discography, prompt these reflections. A Solstice disc, featuring pianist Lilia Boyadjieva, offers a number of pieces never before recorded, and is probably the most valuable CD solely …

SCHOENBERG: Pelleas and Melisande. WEBERN: Passacaglia.

SCHOENBERG: Pelleas and Melisande. WEBERN: Passacaglia. Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Houston Symphony Orchestra. KOCH INTERNATIONAL 3-7316-2 H1 [DDD]; 61:36. Produced by Judith Sherman. This recent release features two great Viennese works from the first decade of the twentieth century. Richard Strauss had …

NOVAK: Lady Godiva. South Bohemian Suite. De Profundis

NOVAK: Lady Godiva. South Bohemian Suite. De Profundis Jaroslav Vogel conducting the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra ULTRAPHON 11 1873-2 011 [AAD]; 69:41. Produced by Ladislav Sip Along with his friend and colleague Josef Suk, Vitezslav Novak (1870-1949) was the leading …