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HARBISON: Piano Trios / Gatsby Etudes / The Violist's Notebook / 10 Micro-Waltzes

Composer(s):Harbison, John
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559243
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Born in 1938 into a musical family, John Harbison studied at Harvard, and with Roger Sessions at Princeton. He is one of America’s most accomplished  musicians, with four symphonies, three operas and a Pulitzer Prize-winning cantata to his credit. Of his Piano Trio No. 2, Harbison writes: ‘[It] makes little contact with the Mozart-to-Shostakovich central trio repertoire, and a great deal with the transparency, ambiguity, and shiftiness of Papa Joseph Haydn’. The Gatsby Etudes, ‘pianistically challenging and fun to play’, were written while Harbison was preparing the opera The Great Gatsby for production by the Metropolitan Opera. The Violist’s Notebooks were inspired by



Review By David Denton,Naxos,April 2007

Last October I made my acquaintance with the chamber music of John Harbison, and Naxos has now provided a follow-up disc centred on the Amelia Piano Trio. Born into a musical family in 1938, Harbison started playing the piano at the age of five and formed a jazz band seven years later. Initially a composition pupil of Walter Piston, he later moved to Roger Sessions and Earl Kim to complete his education. Much of his career has been dedicated to teaching, while his compositions have become more widely known since he received the Pultzer Prize for his cantata, The Flight into Egypt. Now with a sizeable inventory of compositions, including operas, four symphonies, concertos and a substantial amount of chamber music, the present release covers the period starting with



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