American Tonal
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Barber's piano classics with a modern work "in the tradition."

Composing two generations later, Daron Hagen follows a path similar to Samuel Barber. Like Barber, Hagen is a product of the Curtis Institute and revels in the world of vocal writing. As Hagen is himself a pianist, Qualities of Light is a uniquely personal and demanding work. In writing for the instrument that has always been his musical voice, Hagen employs a generous array of pianistic gestures and styles for this nocturnal journey. As its title suggests, Qualities of Light has a strong sense of tonality. In this case, however, the tonality has more overtly painterly connotations. The hues and casts of ever-changing shadows and darkness through the course of the night provided Hagen with the impetus for this piece, as they occur during hours with which the insomniac composer is well acquainted.
Samuel Barber, composer
Sonata for Piano, Op. 26
Jeanne Golan, piano

Samuel Barber, composer
Nocturne, Op. 33
Jeanne Golan, piano

Samuel Barber, composer
Ballade, Op. 46
Jeanne Golan, piano

Daron Hagen, composer
Qualities of Light
Jeanne Golan, piano

"Subtitled "American Tonal," this attractive program offers one old and one new composer of romantic American piano music, vividly recorded and sensitively played by Jeanne Golan. The disc opens with a lyrical, reflective reading of Barber's sonata, not as tempestuous as Horowitz or Cliburn, who deliver a hair-raising frisson at the end of the fugue that this pianist does not attempt. For an atmospheric, thoroughly musical, non-bangy version, this one is hard to beat. Barber's exquisite Nocturne and moody Ballade also come off nicely, with warm tone and phrasing. Qualities of Light is a dazzling piece of impressionism by pianist-composer Daryl Hagen that should prove a welcome addition to the repertory. It will please audiences with its colorful accessibility and pianists for its virtuosic writing." (American Record Guide)
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