Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Samuel Barber - Piano Music

1998; 20 tracks
Daniel Pollack, pianist

Samuel Barber was an American composer who is sadly only known for his Adagio for Strings. His piano music is both lyrical and romantic, but it can also be very challenging.

This CD collects all the published piano music of Samuel Barber, including the highly regarded masterwork Sonata, Op. 26. The Sonata, in four movements, goes from the severe in the first movement to the openly joyous in the second; the third movement builds slowly to a mighty grumbling before just as slowly resigning itself to a quiet resolve. The final movement is all energy, requiring great technical prowess, which pianist Daniel Pollack has. It's an excellent performance.



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