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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B00004GOW9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Vars, Op.27: Sehr Massig
2. Vars, Op.27: Sehr Schnell
3. Vars, Op.27: Ruhig Fliessend
4. Toccata: Allegro Moderato
5. Toccata: Adagio
6. Toccata: Fugue A 3 - Allegro Con Brio
7. Toccata: Pastorale
8. Toccata: Rag-Caprice
9. Toccata: Form IV: Broken Sequences
10. Canteyodjaya
11. Rain Tree Sketch
12. Rain Tree Sketch II
13. Prayer Bell Sketch, Op.29 (1997, First Version)
14. The Ocean That Has No West And No East
15. Pno Fant
16. Bagatelle

Product Description

Peter Serkin's advocacy of contemporary music is heard at its most persuasive in this program of works written between 1936 and 1992. He opens the program with a gorgeously colored performance of Webern's Piano Variations that captures its gemlike brilliance and sly wit. Serkin's virtuosity makes Wolpe's Toccata shine and enables him to cope with the enormous technical demands of the Messiaen, making musical sense of its incredible complexities. The title piece by Peter Lieberson is a moving tribute to Toru Takemitsu, two of whose delicate works are played with shimmering intensity. The disc ends with a spectacular performance of Wuorinen's subtly complex Bagatelle, a work of far greater scope than its name suggests. Highly recommended. --Dan Davis

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Nice CD. Needs a better title March 11 2007
By Personne - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD provides a nice sampling over a broad stylistic swath of the 20th century.

The only overarching theme seems to be that these are pieces that Peter Serkin likes to play. That's a lucky thing for the listener. These are excellent pieces and their performance indicates yet again that the Serkin genome has expressed itself nobly for another generation. None of the pieces is lengthy: in that regard the novice listener can explore new music without overextending. The experienced listener will enjoy it even more. There are some gems in here, including a languid(!) piece by Wuorinen, a dandy Toccato by Wolpe, lovely Takemitsu, aggressive Messiaen and much more. The playing is precise and impassioned. The recording is clear and intimate. It's a keeper.
Intensity of Emotion Dec 29 2014
By Christopher Ammons - Published on
Great music, among other collections of serial/atonal piano music this one has always stood out in my memory for the intensity of emotion in which the pieces are performed.
4 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The Ocean that has no West and no East Jan. 11 2007
By Hime Yuki - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Dear Sir or Madam,

I have had some difficulty in enjoying this CD. However, it must be good to use the right half of our brain, which is usually not used.