American Virtuoso

James Giles (piano)

Catalog #: TROY0860
Release Date: November 1, 2006
Format: Digital

This compilation represents a cross section of American piano music written around the turn of the new millennium. The title American Virtuoso refers as much to the music as to its performer and describes how these composers have idiomatically responded to the challenge of writing for the piano. Yet the range of styles here is as wide as the generation gaps between the composers. All of the works, except for the first two Thomas Etudes, were written for and premiered by James Giles. All receive their world premiere recordings here, except for the Wild arrangement, which Wild himself has recorded in the past. Mr. Giles has earned a reputation as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation, acclaimed for the dynamic brilliance and communicative power of his playing. Giles performs regularly throughout the United States as recitalist and concerto soloist. His international tours have taken him to the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Cortot in Paris, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and several cities in China. A native of North Carolina, Giles studied with Byron Janis at the Manhattan School of Music, Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, Nelita True at the Eastman School and Robert Shannon at Oberlin College.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Sonata No. 3, Op. 82 Lowell Liebermann James Giles, piano
Suite R-B Stephen Hough James Giles, piano
Four Etudes Augusta Read Thomas James Giles, piano
Recalling Ned Rorem James Giles, piano
Collusions C. Curtis Smith & William Bolcom s James Giles, piano
Balletto James Wintle James Giles, piano
Jarabe Tapatio "Mexican Hat Dance" Earl Wild, arranger James Giles, piano

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