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TO 0153

Phillip Ramey - Piano Music, Volume Four: 1959-2011

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Stephen Gosling

- (piano)

Venue:

Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York



Producer:

Joseph Patrych



Engineer:

Joseph Patrych



Record Label
Toccata

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 79:17
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  Piano Music, Volume Four: 1959-2011  
   
 

PHILLIP RAMEY

   
 

Incantations (1960; rev. 1982)

 
1 I Allegro 0:38
2 II Andante 1:48
3 III Con moto 1:54
   
 

Cossack Variations (1981/85)

 
4 Theme (Moderato) 0:34
5 Variation 1 (L'istesso tempo) 0:38
6 Variation 2 (Allegretto 0:54
7 Variation 3 (Allegro 0:56
8 Variation 4 (Allegro moderato 0:57
9 Variation 5 (Moderato 1:04
10 Variation 6 (Adagio 2:38
11 Variation 7 (Moderato con moto 0:48
12 Variation 8 (Allegro con spirito) 0:48
13 Variation 9 (Vivace 0:39
14 Variation 10 (Andaante lirico) 1:56
15 Variation 11 (Vivace 0:51
16 Variation 12 (Andante) 0:30
17 Variation 13 (Andante maestoso) 1:37
   
 

Three Early Preludes (1959; rev. 1996)

 
18 I Andante lugubrioso 2:40
19 II Adagio enigmatico 1:30
20 III Allegro giocoso 1:20
   
 

Piano Sonata No.3 (1968; rev. 2010)

 
21 I Moderato austero 4:45
22 II Andante meditativo 5:42
23 III Allegro demonico 5:50
   
 

Epigrams, Books Two (1986)

 
24 I Calm 1:08
25 II Melancholy 1:43
26 III Scornful 0:53
27 IV Desolate 4:24
28 V Demonic 0:55
29 VI Solemn 2:36
30 VII Grandiose 0:51
31 VIII Lyrical 2:08
32 IX Angry 1:19
   
33 

Lament for Richard III (2001)

5:36
   
 

Piano Sonata No.7 (2010-11)

 
34 I Adagio con moto; Scherzando; Alla marcia; Tempo I 5:24
35 II Adagio lirico 6:00
36 III Andante; Presto; Allegro moderato; Presto 5:23
   


 The piano music of the American composer Phillip Ramey (born in 1939) is rooted in the motoric athleticism of Prokofiev and Bartók, tempered with sober lyricism, spicy modernist dissonance and a fresh approach to the grand Romantic gesture. This fourth Toccata Classics album includes the virtuosic Cossack Variations, the mercurial Epigrams, Book Two and Lament for Richard III, a dramatic character-study of a famous historical villain. Two sonatas add further substance to a varied programme: No. 3, serially inflected and culminating in a barbaric finale; and No. 7, infused with declamatory rhetoric, quirky rhythm and engaging melody.

" ... one can state confidently that this release, along with its predecessors, makes the best possible case for Phillip Ramey as a composer of considerable stature>2

Walter Simmons - Fanfare - Walter Simmons


"... Stephen Gosling plays all the music very well, and since the composer supervised the recordings I imagine the readings are definative..."

Rob Haskins - American Record Guide - September/October 2013




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