Recorded on 10/30/2007, uploaded on 01/24/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
In this recital program, we see how early 20th Century Russian
composers influenced the music of American composers of the mid-late 20th
Embraceable You George
Gershwin (arr. Earl Wild)
The last two works, the Wild
and the Antheil, appear to meld together the musical worlds of Russia and the U.S. Earl Wild is
one of the great American pianists of the 20th Century. Here is his version of a Gershwin songtranscribed as though by Rachmaninoff,
full of virtuosic figuration and lush, jazzy sonorities. George Antheil, an American who found his way
to Paris, idolized Stravinsky and included among his friends
Ernest Hemingway, Man Ray, and James Joyce.
In his Toccata (1948), he combines the percussiveness of Stravinsky or
Prokofiev with the open-sounding harmony of his American contemporary, Aaron
Copland. Gideon Rubin
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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