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CURRIER, S.: Piano Music (Melton) - Piano Sonata / Departures and Arrivals / Scarlatti Cadences / Brainstorm

Composer(s):Currier, Sebastian
Artist(s) Melton, Laura, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.559638
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer and Academy Awards, among other prizes and fellowships, Sebastian Currier composes ‘music with a distinctive voice’ (The New York Times) that is ‘lyrical, colorful, firmly rooted in tradition, but absolutely new’ (The Washington Post). It has been performed at major venues worldwide by acclaimed artists and orchestras. Whether inspired by Bach, Beethoven and Hindemith (Piano Sonata), playing with Scarlattian formulas, stirring up a satirical Brainstorm, or pondering on his compositional choices (Departures and Arrivals), Currier engages the listener’s head and heart. Laura Melton’s Naxos recording of Samuel Adler’s piano music () was praised by Fanfare as ‘expert and excellent’.



Review By Vivien Schweitzer,The New York Times,December 2011

performed expressively and with dexterous flair by Laura Melton… © 2011 The New York Times Read complete review

Review By,April 2011

The piano is front and center on the new Naxos CD of music by Sebastian Currier, and the playing by Laura Melton is very fine. …Currier draws considerable inspiration from classical models, but is by no means slavishly devoted to them. Scarlatti Cadences (1996), for example, is inspired by that composer’s famous 18th-century harpsichord sonatas but certainly does not sound like them. Currier’s 1988 Piano Sonata draws on Bach, Beethoven and even Hindemith, but again interprets (or manages) their influences loosely. Departures and Arrivals (2007) is something of a navel-gazing exercise, as Currier spends 20 minutes accepting, discarding and modifying various forms of composition. The most straightforwardly enjoyable work here is also the shortest,



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