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Complete Piano Sonatas

Artist: Vincent Persichetti
Vincent Persichetti - Complete Piano Sonatas CD
Label: New World
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Year: 2008
Format: CD


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Vincent Persichetti’s (1915–1987) twelve piano sonatas were written over a forty-three-year period. The first nine sonatas, written between 1939 and 1950, are strong, integral and varied works reflecting diverse approaches toward synthesizing a number of styles and idioms. In these pieces, the voices of Schoenberg, Hindemith, Copland, and Bartók and jazz are variously combined and distilled within Persichetti’s own developing compositional language, with an increasing emergence of an original style that reaches a kind of initial culmination in the expansive Sonata No. 4. The last three sonatas were created over a much longer span of time than the first three, appearing in 1955, 1965, and 1982, respectively. Each of these last three sonatas represents dramatic culminations of Persichetti’s musical universe. Throughout his output, Persichetti employs a very wide stylistic palette, embracing diatonic and modal tonalities, pandiatonicism, polytonality, and atonal languages, as well as other diverse musical approaches. Like all of his works, the piano sonatas are brilliantly crafted, with the opening material usually serving as a unifying element for the entire piece. There is a strong penchant for homophonic textures, a great rhythmic vitality in the fast movements, and often a sense of very affecting poignance in the slow movements. Persichetti also uses scintillating registral contrasts and juxtapositions brilliantly throughout all of his piano writing. This first-ever integral recording of these works features six world premieres and is a major addition to the Persichetti discography.
Geoffrey Burleson, piano
1-4. Sonata No. 1, Op. 3
5-8. Sonata No. 2, Op. 6
9-11. Sonata No. 3, Op. 22
12-14. Sonata No. 4, Op. 36
15-17. Sonata No. 5, Op. 37
18-21. Sonata No. 6, Op. 39
1-3. Sonata No. 7, Op. 40
4-6. Sonata No. 8, Op. 41
7-10. Sonata No. 9, Op. 58
11-14. Sonata No. 10, Op. 67
15-19. Sonata No. 11, Op. 101
20-23. Sonata No. 12 (Mirror Sonata), Op. 145 
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