Touch: The Toccata Project
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A fascinating look at how American composers have treated the toccata form.

Touch: The Toccata Project is a collection of post-1900 piano toccatas written by American composers. The distinguished pianist Philip Amalong has uncovered many unknown gems of the genre. Amalong is known for his intelligent, passionate interpretations and diverse and challenging repertoire. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Mr. Amalong is an active recitalist and chamber music performer.
Contents:
Ned Rorem, composer
Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

George Antheil, composer
Toccata No. 1
Philip Amalong, piano

Lee Hoiby, composer
Toccata Op. 1
Philip Amalong, piano

Irving Fine, composer
Little Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Leo Sowerby, composer
Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Lowell Liebermann, composer
Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

George Antheil, composer
Toccata No. 2
Philip Amalong, piano

Benjamin Lees, composer
Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Roy Harris, composer
Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Mark Louis Lehman, composer
Toccatina
Philip Amalong, piano

Gian Carlo Menotti, composer
Ricercare and Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Robert Muczynski, composer
Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Emma Lou Diemer, composer
Serenade/Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Raymond Lewenthal, composer
Toccata alla Scarlatti
Philip Amalong, piano

Wallingford Riegger, composer
Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Vincent Persichetti, composer
Toccatina No. 1
Philip Amalong, piano

Vincent Persichetti, composer
Toccatina No. 2
Philip Amalong, piano

Vincent Persichetti, composer
Toccatina No. 3
Philip Amalong, piano

James Bastien, composer
Toccata
Philip Amalong, piano

Review:
"One must say a word about not only the cleverness of Philip Amalong's programming but his invigorating playing on this disc. I'd not known of him before but am definitely signing up for any further discs he decides to make." (Scott Morrison)

"Philip Amalong...has said that he likes to play toccatas because he likes the way they feel in his hands and in his ears. It shows. his playing is both technically assured and joyous. This is a very-well-produced survey of American piano music, as heard through the filter of a particular form." (Fanfare)

"All told, this is a fascinating project, and I look forward to further volumes." (ClassicsToday.com)

"The moods may be diverse, but one thing is true for all pieces on this recording: they require considerable pianistic dexterity, and pianist Philip Amalong masters not only the technical challenges with sovereignty, but also offers interpretations of the more complex pieces...that are convincing and captivating." (American Record Guide)
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