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CHARLES ROSEN PLAYS 20th MUSIC



Charles Rosen plays 20th century music with the same stylistic and structural care he applies to music of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.  There is a quality of rightness about his playing that so many other fine pianists achieve only with some of the music they play.

Here he plays a number of works by Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern and Elliott Carter



Stravinsky  Movements for Piano and Orchestra (1958-59)
Igor Stravinsky conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra

i Eighth note = 110
02:00 ii Quarter note = 52
03:34 iii Eighth note = 72
04:41 iv Eighth note = 80
06:18 v Eighth note = 104




Webern  Five Songs from Der siebente Ring for voice & piano, Op 3 (1908-09)

I Dies ist ein Lied für dich allein - Fliessend
II Im Windesweben - Sehr fliessend
III Am Bachesranft - Ziemlich rasch
IV Im Morgentaun - Fliessend
V Kahl reckt der Baum - Langsam

with Heather Harper, soprano




Webern  Five Songs after poems by Stefan George for voice & piano, Op 4 (1908-09)

I Eingang - Ruhevoll
II Noch zwingt mich Treue - Bewegt
III Ja Heil und Dank - Sehr langsam
IV So ich traurig bin - Sehr fliessend und zart
V Ihr tratet zu dem Herde - Langsam

with Heather Harper, soprano




Webern  Four Pieces for violin & piano, Op 7
with Isaac Stern, violin


1 Sehr langsam
2 Rasch
3
Sehr langsam

4 Bewegt




Webern  Three Little Pieces for cello & piano, Op 11 (1914)

I Mässige Achtel
II Sehr bewegt
III Äusserst ruhig

with Gregor Piatigorsky, cello




Webern  Four Songs for voice & piano, Op 12 (1915-17)

I Der Tag ist vergangen (Volkslied) - Sehr ruhig
II Die geheimnisvolle Flöte (Li Tai Po/Bethge) - Langsam
III Schien mir's als ich sah die Sonne (aus August Strindbergs "Gespenstersonate") - Ruhig fliessend
IV Gleich und gleich (Goethe) - Sehr fliessend

with Heather Harper, soprano




Webern  Quartett, Op 22 (1928-1930)
with Daniel Majeske, violin - Robert Marcellus, clarinet - Abraham Weinstein, saxophone
Pierre Boulez, conductor

I Sehr mässig
II Sehr schwungvoll




Webern  Variations for Piano, Op 27
i Sehr mässig

[performed by Glenn Gould (rec 1950s)
01:44 Maurizio Pollini (rec 1976)
03:38 ➢ Charles Rosen (rec 1970s)
05:46 ➢ Mitsuko Uchida (rec 2000)




Elliott Carter  Piano Sonata (1945-46)


i Maestoso. Legato Scorrevole



iia Andante (beginning)



iib Andante (conclusion)




Carter  Double Concerto, for harpsichord and piano (1959-61)
with Paul Jacobs, Harpsochord
Frederik Prausnitz conducting the English Chamber Orchestra

recorded in the 1960s




Elliott Carter  Night Fantasies (1979-80)
dedicated to
Paul Jacobs, Gilbert Kalish, Ursula Oppens, and Charles Rosen

recorded in 1982 [score displayed is the 1995 rev ed]


(beginning)



(conclusion)




Carter: 90+ (1994)










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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