i bought this apex / warner label cd some five years ago in order to listen acknowledged innovators - Conlon Nancarrow + John Cage tracks on this collection. more of their music in a moment. this release is not inherently bad just lacklustre + arguably unrepresentative of who America's finest composers for piano actually were . although Scott Joplin ,Gershwin , Nancarrow + Cage are included with all too brief tracks. there is no authentic jazz, blues tracks from Theolonious Monk, Duke Elliington, Fats Waller, Herbie Hancock OR Cecil Taylor ! largely forgotten late romantic classical composers - Gottschalk + MacDowell get a whopping 27 ,minutes of the hours worth of total music. Amy Beach + Copland do address the quality imbalnce slightly, but again no works from Charles Ives either only highlights the patchy quality of music presented here.
the actual pianism from Michel Legrand is fine if hardly ecstatic although he captures Copland's music very well indeed ,the recordings are generally clear + digital,but the U.S. proudest legacy to the piano although touched upon here - namely the blues + jazz from its afro-american communities is poorly represented here. plus - more jazz + a better choice of Cage, together with Theolonious Monk or would have redressed this problem..
ok as a basic starter cd but flawed in selection.