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COPLAND: Piano Sonata / Piano Fantasy / Piano Variations

Composer(s):Copland, Aaron
Artist(s) Pasternack, Benjamin, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.559184
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99



Review By Patrick C Waller,MusicWeb International,June 2005

Without fail, these are two works that should jump to the top of any list of alternatives to the warhorse violin concertos. Here are two powerful works that possess every quality that defines �classic� except perhaps the passage of sufficient time. Bold, lyrical, rhythmic, charming, dramatic and thought-provoking are just a few of dozens of adjectives that could describe this music. Add to that a superb performance at a fantastic price and you have your newest must-own compact disc. Myaskovsky�s fame lies predominantly in his work as a symphonist. With twenty-seven such works to his credit, he is considered by many to have been one of the leading exponents of the genre in the twentieth century. His violin concerto was his first attempt at such a work, and he spent considerable


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

It is easy to be put off by the first few notes of the Piano Fantasy on the Naxos disc, for Benjamin Pasternack opens very percussively, emphasized by the bright recording. But the performance soon finds its own level, although it is more impetuous and volatile, indeed faster than with Raymond Clarke (29 minutes overall, instead of 33). Copland described it as ‘a spontaneous and unpremeditated sequence of events’, and it certainly is that here. The Sonata too is strongly characterized, especially the jazz-inspired central movement, and the work closes meditatively. The Variations make an enjoyable diverse final item. The sound, once one adjusts to its vivid presence, is fully acceptable, and this disc should suit bargain-hunters.

Review By ,Scherzo,November 2005


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,August 2005



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