American Piano Music - Michel Legrand (piano)
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  1. Prelude, for piano
  2. Preludes (3) for piano
  3. Improvisations (5) for piano, Op. 148
  4. Maple Leaf Rag, for piano
  5. Piano Blues (4)
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  1. Prelude, for piano
  2. Preludes (3) for piano
  3. Improvisations (5) for piano, Op. 148
  4. Maple Leaf Rag, for piano
  5. Piano Blues (4)
  6. Boogie Woogie Etude, for piano
  7. Manchega, étude de concert for piano, Op. 38, D. 86 (RO 143)
  8. New England Idyls (10) for piano, Op. 62
  9. Anniversaries (5), for piano
  10. The Entertainer, for piano
  11. Ballade, for piano, Op. 46
  12. Le Banjo, esquisse américaine for piano, Op. 15, D. 15 (RO 22)
  13. Bacchanale, for prepared piano
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There are flaws in the execution of this program, but no matter -- it's a rare recording that offers not just one but two original ideas. The first is that there's an energy that's characteristic of American music, whether it comes from the crowd-pleasing crossover sphere of Gershwin and Morton Gould or from the experimentalist quarters of Cage and Nancarrow. That shouldn't have been an earth-shattering revelation, but when was the last time you saw all four of those composers -- plus Amy Beach, Scott Joplin, Copland, ...

American Piano Music 2006, Warner Music

UPC: 809274957627

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