James Adler Plays Syncopated Rhythms
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A delightful program performed by the splendid composer-pianist James Adler.

Pianist and composer James Adler made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, the start of a varied career in the United States and Europe. He has appeared throughout the world at leading concert venues, including New York City's Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls. He made his London debut at the famed Wigmore Hall. Known as a pianist who "can create whatever type of music he wants at the keyboard" (Chicago Sun-Times), he has had particular success with his account of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the final work on this disc. His succinct description of the whole program perfectly sums it up: "I wanted to prepare a CD program that is fun. Has rhythm. That is danceable. That is a little jazzy with depth and lyricism, and celebrates American traditions in music. Though not necessarily in chronological order."
Contents:
Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer
Pasquinade (Caprice), Op. 59
James Adler, piano

Scott Joplin, composer/arr. Adler
Three Moments from Treemonisha
James Adler, piano

Leo Ornstein, composer
Selections from Nine Miniatures for Piano, Op. 7
James Adler, piano

George Antheil, composer
Little Shimmy
James Adler, piano

George Antheil, composer
The Ben Hecht Valses
James Adler, piano

Gian Carlo Menotti
Ricercare and Toccata
James Adler, piano

James Adler, composer
Prelude and Toccata
James Adler, piano

George Antheil, composer
Toccata No. 2
James Adler, piano

Aaron Copland, composer
Selections from Rodeo
James Adler, piano

James Adler, composer
Two Dances in One (Calypso cum Cakewalk)
James Adler, piano

George Gershwin, composer
Rhapsody in Blue
James Adler, piano

Review:
"A Fascinating Program of American Piano Music...This CD is a find for those who are fascinated by obscure byways of American piano music..." (Scott Morrison)

"We enjoyed it a great deal; you're clearly a fine pianist and your treatment of Dad's pieces is lovely and sensitive." (Severo Ornstein)

"James Adler more than lives up to his credentials...on his delightful disc...It is a virtuosic affair, brilliantly played." (Turok's Choice, September, 2008)
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