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Piano Music by Amy Beach - Vol. 3, The Mature Years

Kirsten Johnson (piano) , Amy Beach (1867-1944) , None Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Amy Beach (1867-1944)
  • Audio CD (15 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Guild
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Fantasia From Fantasia Fugata, Op.87 2:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Fugata From Fantasia Fugata, Op.87 4:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Les Reves De Colombine, Op.65, Nos.1-5 - I. La Fee De La Fontaine 3:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Les Reves De Colombine, Op.65, Nos.1-5 - II. Le Prince Gracieux 3:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Les Reves De Colombine, Op.65, Nos.1-5 - III. Valse Amoureuse 2:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Les Reves De Colombine, Op.65, Nos.1-5 - IV. Sous Les Etoiles 3:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Les Reves De Colombine, Op.65, Nos.1-5 - V. Danse d'Arlequin 4:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Lotos Isles 3:320.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prelude And Fugue, Op.81 - Prelude 4:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Prelude And Fugue, Op.81 - Fugue 6:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. From Blackbird Hills, Op.83 4:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Fair Hills Of Eire, 0!, Op.91 4:320.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Hermit Thrush At Eve, Op.92, No.1 5:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. A Hermit Thrush At Morn, Op.92, No.2 4:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. From Grandmother's Garden, Op.97 - Morning Glories 1:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. From Grandmother's Garden, Op.97 - Heartsease 3:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. From Grandmother's Garden, Op.97 - Mignonette 2:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. From Grandmother's Garden, Op.97 - Rosemary And Rue 4:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. From Grandmother's Garden, Op.97 - Honeysuckle 2:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Two Pieces, Op.102 - Farewell Summer 2:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Two Pieces, Op.102 - Dancing Leaves 1:280.89  Buy MP3 

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This third disc of Amy Beachs complete piano music, performed by Kirsten Johnson, represents her compositional output from 1907 to 1924. Amy Beach (American, 1867-1944) is one of the great woman composers of all time. Including the masterful Prelude and Fugue, op. 81, the concert piece Fantasia Fugata, op. 87, and many beguiling piano miniatures, this is a disc not to miss. Farewell Autumn and Dancing Leaves, op. 102, are world première recordings, as are also Lotus Isles (unpublished manuscript) and Blackbird Hills, op. 83. These forgotten pieces by this world-renowned composer are now available for the first time. The piano talents of Kirsten Johnson bring this music to life with technical brilliance, sympathetic interpretation and musical depth.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful experience. 1 May 2011
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If you were one of the lucky ones who enjoyed Kirsten Johnson's exhilarating "Albanian Piano Music" you would have been happy to venture with her into the relatively unknown realms of Amy Beach's works. You would have been richly rewarded for Beach is deserving of greater exploration. She was well-crafted in the Romantic idiom, but also she brings us an intimate kind of Romanticism which has its roots in family and the human heart. Her later music borrows stylistic elements from contemporary composers.
Kirsten Johnson has already given us 2 volumes of Beach's Piano Works and here is the eagerly-awaited Volume 3.
How fortunate it is that this work is in the hands of a pianist who combines virtuosity with sensitivity and balance.
This is a thrilling and insightful journey into a world which we thought was lost.
A wonderful experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a revelation 28 Jun 2011
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Just when you might think you have a good knowledge of classical piano repertoire, along comes this, the final of three CDs performed by Kirsten Johnson, to make you realise how much more quality music is out there. The music is all first-rate, from the shortest miniature to the mightiest fugue (of which there are two on this disc). The playing is both immaculate and characterful, and the piano warm-toned. The notes (by the performer) are excellent and informative and the artwork beautiful. A must-have CD for everybody who wants to catch out the piano snobs who think they know it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious album 26 April 2011
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Kirsten Johnson is the best ever expositor of the elusive, allusive, lyrical music of Amy Beach. Beach needs exposition. Too often her would-be expositors have confused exposition with attempted explanation. The result? The music has been neutered and demystified. Beach needs too, to an extent that few other great composers do, a passionate and sympathetic conductor of her extraordinary musical electricity. Until now, she hasn't had one, and so has been unfairly dismissed as a clever, quirky composer, tripping rather irrelevantly through minor New England concert halls and salons. Johnson has given Beach the voice she always had, but which no one (including, perhaps, Beach herself) had ever heard. It's wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 26 Jun 2011
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This new Guild release will be sure to please lovers of classical piano music. Amy Beach (1867-1944) was an American composer of great power and scope, as evidenced in this fine recording by Kirsten Johnson. One of my favorite selections, `The Lotus Isles', has a simple, quiet, classic beauty. The `Prelude and Fugue, Op.81', on the other hand, has notable fire and excitement. I enjoyed the entire recording, the third in an important series by Miss Johnson and Guild.
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