American Classics: Barber and Copland | Delos DE3554

American Classics: Barber and Copland


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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3554

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 12th October 2018



For his debut album on Delos, the brilliant emerging virtuoso Sean Kennard has chosen a captivating programme featuring solo piano music by two of Americaís most iconic composers: Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland. While neither composerís body of work includes a great many pieces for solo piano, each has left a legacy of superb piano compositions to memorable effect.

Of the five works on this album, Barberís fingertwisting Sonata for Piano (premiered by legendary virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz) and Coplandís stunning Piano Variations stand as enduring masterpieces of 20th-century American piano music. Both pieces incorporate broad spectrums of modernist musical language and styles, as well as degrees of difficulty that only the finest and most technically accomplished artists Ė like Sean Kennard  can master. And most of the shorter pieces offer delightfully evocative treatments of musical Americana.

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