American Piano Concertos

Paul Barnes (piano), Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor (conductor), Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Ray Cramer (conductor)

Catalog #: TROY0878
Release Date: October 1, 2006
Format: Digital

Highly acclaimed by the musical press for his exceptional performances of unusual material such as the music of Phillip Glass and David Ott, Paul Barnes has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Asian countries. As student of the famed Menahem Pressler, he is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music as well as a teacher at the Bosendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna. He now continues an ongoing series of American works for piano and orchestra, including two bona-fide classics, Gershwin's I Got Rhythm Variations and Rhapsody in Blue. Victoria Bond was a composition student of Roger Sessions and a conducting student of Sixten Ehrling at Juilliard (where she was the first woman to earn a doctorate degree in conducting in 1977). Her Ancient Keys is inspired by Barnes himself. His fascination with Byzantine Chant, leading to his role as Head Chanter at Lincoln's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, inspired Bond to write a concerto that expanded upon a melody known as Potirion Sotiriu ('Cup of Salvation'). Jeffrey Hass, associated with Indiana University, was commissioned by the University to write the Concerto for Amplified Piano, a work which allows the piano to be on a more equal footing with the powerful timbres of the wind ensemble.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Variations on I Got Rhythm George Gershwin Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, conductor, Paul Barnes, piano
Ancient Keys Victoria Bond Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, conductor, Paul Barnes, piano
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, conductor, Paul Barnes, piano
Concerto for Amplified Piano and Wind Ensemble Jeffrey Hass Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Ray Cramer, conductor, Paul Barnes, piano


  • "Now we can share our enthusiasm for this well-crafted, exciting music...This is an impressive CD..."

    – Artsong Update

  • "The wonderful Paul Barnes returns to my stereo...Barnes, who has shown his commitment to 20th century piano music...expands his purview with these works, and new music certainly benefits from his support."

    – American Record Guide

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