American Classics - Cowell: Homage To Iran, Piano Pieces, The Banshee / Continuum

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"This is even more fascinating than the first volume. As previously, there is both commitment and panache from the performers and a decent recording. A well-documented and worthy addition to the American Classics series. Cowell was a prolific composer who wrote twenty symphonies and much else besides. Hopefully Naxos will give us the opportunity to explore his music further." -- Patrick C Waller, MusicWeb

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Henry Cowell was one of the most remarkable figures in American music. A startlingly innovative composer, an inimitable piano virtuoso who outraged or delighted his audiences, a brilliant writer, teacher, lecturer and organizer, Cowell almost single-handedly laid the foundations for American compositional life. This second Continuum Portrait of Cowell’s music ( Volume 1 is available on Naxos 8559192) includes further examples of his most experimental piano pieces, calling for strumming and plucking the strings, as well as using forearms to produce tone clusters. Other compositions fuse Asian and Western idioms in striking new blends. Yet, however advanced his ideas, or multifaceted his output, Cowell’s music remains immediately accessible. -- Naxos


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: 8559193


  • UPC: 636943919323


  • Label: Naxos


  • Composer: Henry Cowell


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Continuum



Works:


  1. Homage to Iran

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  2. Six Casual Developments

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  3. Set of Five

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  4. Songs (2) on Poems of Catherine Riegger

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  5. Pièce pour piano avec cordes

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  6. Vestiges

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  7. Euphoria

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  8. Dynamic Motion: Encore no 1, What's This

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  9. Elegie

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum


  10. The Banshee

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Continuum