Complete Works for Solo Piano
ROGER SESSIONS Complete Works for Solo Piano TROY802 - Price: $16.99
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A major contribution to the recorded Sessions canon.

We admit it: Sessions' music is not for the casual listener or someone just getting into modern music. If you start cold with one of the later symphonies, it's like jumping into the middle of a book on advanced physics. But if you start at the beginning and work your way through, you will enjoy some of the most profound music written by an American. The early works might bear a passing resemblance to Copland, but by the later works it is obvious that Sessions has absorbed the complex sound world explored by Schoenberg and refined it. In all of his music, you are struck by the realization that these intense works are truly music, and not mere exercises in sonority. That is why this reissue is so important: spanning his creative lifetime, this collection of the complete solo piano works will give you a remarkable insight into this most significant of modern composers. Barry David Salwen has been the Executive Director of the Roger Sessions Society since 1988. Besides specializing in new music, he has performed widely the music on this disc as part of his original lecture-recital, "The Piano Sonatas of Roger Sessions," first presented in 1986. This and his contact with the composer during his doctoral work at Juilliard make him the authoritative performer. This CD is a major contribution to the recorded Sessions canon.
Contents:
Roger Sessions, composer
Sonata No. 1
Barry Salwen, piano

Roger Sessions, composer
From my Diary
Barry Salwen, piano

Roger Sessions, composer
Sonata No. 2
Barry Salwen, piano

Roger Sessions, composer
Five Pieces for Piano
Barry Salwen, piano

Roger Sessions, composer
Waltz
Barry Salwen, piano

Roger Sessions, composer
Sonata No. 3
Barry Salwen, piano


Review:
"The composer's admirers will want to grab this release..." (American Record Guide)
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