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GETTY, G.: Piano Pieces (Conrad Tao)

GETTY, G.: Piano Pieces (Conrad Tao)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Conrad Tao

Soloist

Venue:

Skywalker Sound, Skywalker Ranch, California, USA



Record Label
PentaTone

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 53:00
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Homework Suite (version for piano)

 
1 I. Seascape 1:05
2 II. Giga 0:39
3 III. Ghost Waltz 0:36
4 IV. Berceuse 2:01
5 V. Night Horses 0:53
     
 

Ancestor Suite (version for piano)

 
6 I. Zwei Walzer 2:28
7 II. Waltz of the Ancestors 1:29
8 III. Schottische 1:09
9 IV. Waltz-Landler 2:47
10 V. Polka-Polonaise 2:39
11 VI. Gavotte 1:33
12 VII. Gothic Waltz 2:20
13 VIII. March - Sarabande - Presto 4:43
14 IX. Madeline 2:54
15 X. Ewig Du 3:59
16 XI. Finale 1:39
     
 

3 Traditional Pieces

 
17 No. 1. The Fiddler of Ballykeel 2:50
18 No. 2. Tiefer und Tiefer 2:30
19 No. 3. Ehemals 4:38
     
20 

First Adventure

1:26
     
21 

Raise the Colors

2:14
     
22 

Andantino

3:38
     
23 

Scherzo Pensieroso

2:50
     
 Conrad Tao Soloist


These piano pieces cover what is getting to be a considerable lifetime. The five called Homework Suite date from my year at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1962); Andantino and Scherzo Pensiersoso were written this year (2012). It might as easily have been the other way around. Fifty years ago, I could steal unconsciously from others, and now more from myself, but the language and perspective are the same.
 
Orchestral versions of most have been performed and recorded. But these piano originals may never have been heard by the paying public. I’m not a good enough pianist to have been sure of them, and crossed my fingers when Pentatone proposed to record them. Not to worry when Conrad Tao is the pianist. Everything came out as I had imagined it.
 
My teacher at the Conservatory, Sol Joseph, once asked me if I expected to move on to atonalism. I told him I kind of doubted it. My music seems to belong more in the nineteenth century, with inklings of others, and even a splash of atonalism if that’s what comes knocking, We write what is in our heads.
 

"...The American virtuoso Conrad Tao, still in his teens, can play anything with distinction and gives evocative and sympathetic renditions..."

Benjamin Ivry - International Piano music - November/December 2013


 "... light, brief and pleasing."

Sang Woo Kang - American Record Guide - July/August 2013




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