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Amy Beach - Piano Music Volume 3

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2011

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Kirsten Johnson

piano

Venue:

Wyastone Leys, Monmouth

4-5 March 2010

Producer:

John Rushby-Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Lane



Record Label
Guild

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 74:43
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AMY BEACH

 

Fantasia fugata, Cop.87

 
1 Fantasia from Fantasia fugata, Op.87 2:05
2 Fugata from Fantasia fugata, Op.87 4:04
   
 

Les Rêves de Colombine, Op.65, Nos. 1-5

 
3 I La Fée de la fontaine 3:30
4 II Le Prince gracieux 3:56
5 III Valse amoureuse 2:47
6 IV Sous les étoiles 3:53
7 V Dance d'Arlequin 4:18
   
8 

The Lotos Isles

3:32
   
 

Prelude and Fugue, Op.81

 
9 Prelude 4:16
10 Fugue 6:00
   
11 

From Blackbird Hills, Op.83

4:36
12 

The Fair Hills of Éiré, O!, Op.91

4:33
13 

A Hermit Thrush at Eve, Op.92, No.1

5:03
14 

A Hermit Thrush at Morn, Op.92, No.2

4:28
   
 

From Grandmother's Garden, Op.97

 
15 Morning Glories 1:13
16 Heartsease 3:02
17 Mignonette 2:21
18 Rosemary and Rue 4:11
19 Honeysuckle 2:47
   
 

Two Pieces, Op.102

 
20 Farewell Summer 2:39
21 Dancing Leaves 1:29
   


This third album of Amy Beach’s complete piano music, performed by Kirsten Johnson, represents her compositional output from 1907 to 1924. Amy Beach (American, 1867-1944) is one of the great woman composers of all time. Including the masterful Prelude and Fugue, op. 81, the concert piece Fantasia Fugata, op. 87, and many beguiling piano miniatures, this is a disc not to miss. Farewell Autumn and Dancing Leaves, op. 102, are world première recordings, as are also Lotus Isles (unpublished manuscript) and Blackbird Hills, op. 83. These forgotten pieces by this world-renowned composer are now available for the first time. The piano talents of Kirsten Johnson bring this music to life with technical brilliance, sympathetic interpretation and musical depth.

"...The works here are from Beach’s mature years (1907-1924) and use the opus numbers from 65 to 102. Just about every aspect of Beach’s compositional talent is evident here, in a variety of styles... Johnson’s detailed and perspective booklet essay is a wonderful addition to her piano playing. The recorded sound is quite good... While waiting for the final istallment, I remain grateful to artists such as Johnson for allowing this music to be heard at its best. Her artistry and pianistic skill, a well as her obvious devotion to the aterial might even sway some of the women composer nay-sayers."

Harrington - American Record Guide - March/April 2012


"...This is a well-programmed collection, with enough variety to keep one fully engaged to the end. That’s not a given in anthologies of this kind, and all the more reason to applaud this enterprise as a whole. Liner-notes written by the artists themselves aren’t always a success either, but Johnson’s strike a good balance between description and analysis. I ended my review of the last volume wondering whether that disc would be a Recording of the Year. It was, and this one is likely to be too."
 
Dan Morgan - musicwebinternational.com - July 2011


"...she [Johnson] seems to have entered entirely into Beach’s world, which is one of quiet individuality and intimate expressiveness. Johnson, like Beach, doesn’t flaunt her abilities and doesn’t oversell the music. Instead, she invites the listner to meet her in the middle, which we gladly do. The colour in her playing never crosses over into garishness. She makes a good case for the composer and Guild’s engineers match her with detailed (but not clinical) sound that has both warmth and brightness. The pianist’s annotations are lovingly detailed, just like her playing."

Raymond S Tuttle - International Record Review - June 2011




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