Clusters: American Piano Explorations

Rory Cowal

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Genre
Classical, Contemporary Classical
Label
New World
Released
November 2, 2018

Format: Compact Disc

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Description

Rory Cowal is a distinctive pianist, one who draws liberally on classical chops, ample experience with improvisation, and a predilection for the new and uncharted. This makes him especially attractive to composers who wish to blur the boundaries between traditional styles and genres.

Fanfare Magazine said of this recording: "Cowal has technique to burn... a dynamite pianist.......The recorded sound is clear and full."

A musical adventurer at heart, Cowal seems drawn to challenging and unusual projects. The eight pieces on this CD reflect this willingness to experiment, to not just play the same old (now canonic) warhorses of the American experimental tradition, but to expand our awareness of what that tradition might include over a large period of time, from Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888 - 1944) to Kris Davis (b. 1980), with their adventurous colleagues Muhal Richard Abrams (1930 - 2017), Daniel Goode (b. 1936), David Mahler (b. 1944), Thomas Peterson (1931 - 2006), and James Tenney (1934 - 2006) somewhere in between.

The pieces recorded here span from 1931, a time characterised by "ultramodernism" and the theoretical exploration of dissonant counterpoint, to 2018, and the vast influences bombarding young composers in the twenty-first century's oversaturation of digital resources. None of the pieces included here has been previously recorded. Working therefore with no point of reference but the score, Cowal had the special challenge of envisioning them, and bringing them to life based solely on his own understanding of their possibilities.

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Key Value
Catalogue number NW80800
Barcode 0093228080022
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 15mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Clusters: Cluster Motive -
2. Clusters: Clusters I -
3. Clusters: Clusters II -
4. Clusters: Clusters III -
5. Clusters: Clusters IV -
6. Clusters: Cluster Motive -
7. Etudes Op. 1, No. 1 -
8. Reflection -
9. Eight Pieces For The Vernal Equinox: 1. Raphiolepis -
10. Eight Pieces For The Vernal Equinox: 2. Pieris -
11. Eight Pieces For The Vernal Equinox: 3. Photinia -
12. Eight Pieces For The Vernal Equinox: 4. Vitex -
13. Eight Pieces For The Vernal Equinox: 5. Abelia -
14. Eight Pieces For The Vernal Equinox: 6. Calluna -
15. Eight Pieces For The Vernal Equinox: 7. Nerium -
16. Eight Pieces For The Vernal Equinox: 8. Choisya -
17. Variations In A (on A Theme By My Father) -
18. Piano Sonata No. 1 -
19. Martin Bartlett At The Claremont Hotel: 1. Entrance -
20. Martin Bartlett At The Claremont Hotel: 2. Ghost Soliloquy -
21. Martin Bartlett At The Claremont Hotel: 3. Be Still -
22. Martin Bartlett At The Claremont Hotel: 4. Anthem, Flourish -
23. Martin Bartlett At The Claremont Hotel: 5. Beloved -
24. Martin Bartlett At The Claremont Hotel: 6. Exit (to The Bell -
25. "a Song That Will Linger" -