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Music for piano by Pulitzer Prize winner Tania León performed by Adam Kent.

The eleven pieces on this CD of piano music by Pulitzer Prize winner Tania León were composed across a span of almost fifty years, from student works (Rondó a la Criolla, Homenaje a Prokofiew, Preludes 1 and 2) written in the mid-1960s when León was doing post-graduate work at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in the municipio of Marianao, La Habana, to going…gone, the brilliant reworking of Sondheim’s “Good Things Going” she crafted in 2012. Born in La Habana, Cuba, León came to the U.S. as a young pianist in 1967 and became a founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her many honors and awards include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement award and honorary doctorates from Colgate, Oberlin, SUNY Purchase and The Curtis Institute. Pianist Adam Kent has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music on four continents. A professor at the State University of New York at Oneonta, Kent studied at The Juilliard School. His recordings appear on the Bridge, Claves, and Albany record labels.
Contents:
Tania León, composer
Homenatge
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Tumbao
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Momentum
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Rondó a la Criolla
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Rituál
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Homenaje a Prokofiew
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Mística
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Prelude No. 1 - Sorpressa
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Prelude No. 2 - Pecera
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
going…gone
Adam Kent (piano)

Tania León, composer
Variación
Adam Kent (piano)

Review:
Tania León’s “Stride” won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for music. While we wait for an official recording of that, we have this survey of her piano catalog. The pianist Adam Kent has the measure of León’s sound throughout, whether he’s dealing with student pieces written in the 1960s or more recent items like “Homenatge,” from 2011. In the latter, he brings a virtuoso’s zest to the dance rhythms and bluesy clusters that cavort in the composition’s opening minutes. But he also offers a patient, less showy sensibility during the ruminative airs of the final minutes. In liner notes, León cites the son clave rhythm of a song from her native Cuba as informing one piece; other items on the album elaborate on choice examples from Bach (“Variación”) and Sondheim (“Going… Gone”). Throughout, Kent pays as much attention to León’s formal invention as to the way she reworks her diverse inspirations. The album’s sequencing keeps you on your toes. Poised miniatures from the composer’s apprentice years (including “Rondó a la Criolla” and “Homenaje a Prokofiew”) directly precede denser, more mature standouts like “Rituál” and “Mística.” Although León’s language is different from decade to decade, her ear for slightly bent phrases in the early works can help prepare a listener for the way she later learned to make starker dissonances dance. (New York Times)
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