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SCOTT WATKINS plays BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, LISZT - CD

Scott Watkins' debut recording.
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E major, Opus 109
SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Opus 13
LISZT Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
SCHUMANN Romance in F sharp major, Opus 28, No. 2

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CHRISTMAS CARDS - Holiday Music - CD

CHRISTMAS CARDS is a delightful collection of Holiday-inspired piano music.

BACH Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (transc. Myra Hess)

MOZART Sonata in B flat major, KV 333 (Allegretto grazioso)

LISZT The Christmas Tree (O Holy Night - Psallite - Lighting the Tree - Berceuse - In dulce jubilo - Carillon - Marche of the Three Holy Kings)

HANDEL Variations on an Air in E major

TCHAIKOVSKY The Seasons, Opus 37b (By the Fireside - Snowdrop - Barcarolle - Sleigh-Ride - Christmas)

NESS-BECK Five Carol Fantasies (What Child is This? - Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella - Appalachian Christmas Carol - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - Joy to the World)

GRAINGER The Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol
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American Piano Sonatas - Compact Disc

Piano Sonatas by Howard Hanson, William Schirmer, and Carlisle Floyd.

Hanson's Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 11, was long believed to exist only as an incomplete manuscript. But when a completed, revised version appeared in 2005, the work was published by Carl Fischer (in 2011). This never-before-heard work in its entirety is featured on this new disc.

William Schirmer served on the faculty of Jacksonville University in Florida for 30 years during which time he turned out a number of professional teachers and composers, among them Bill Boston, Tony Steve, and Andrew Chopra. His seventeenth piano sonata is a lyrical masterpiece of conservative language and form.

Carlisle Floyd is universally considered to be the Father of American opera. His early Piano Sonata was composed in 1956 and given a premiere performance at Carnegie Hall in 1957 by pianist Rudolf Firkusny. Since then the work inexplicably lapsed into obscurity. A big, dramatic, lyric work, the Piano Sonata is a virtuoso showpiece of orchestral and operatic size.
American Piano Sonatas
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Howard Hanson: "Symphonic Rhapsody" Op. 14, for solo piano - First edition

Discovered unpublished and in manuscript in May, 2016. Hanson performed this work very often during his time in San Jose, California (1916-1921). Of the work, Hanson himself wrote, "I believe the material is the strongest that I have ever written." Lying unknown for nearly a century, the nine pages of the manuscript were safely contained within a cardboard folded poster announcing a recital by Percy Grainger at the College of the Pacific, April, 1920, most likely placed there by Hanson himself.

The work is a valuable addition to the early 20th century American solo piano repertoire and can be compared in length and difficulty to the Chopin first and third Ballades, or the Chopin second Scherzo.

Clarence Urmy, in a review of Hanson's performance, published October 28, 1919 (Hanson's birthday!), wrote that the work, "should be added to the repertoire of every advanced pianist."
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