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Allen Shawn
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Julia Bartha · piano
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Allen Shawn’s compositional oeuvre for piano comprises four sonatas, numerous cycles, preludes, two piano concertos and a host of individual character pieces. The listener is struck by his music’s exceptional stylistic diversity and remarkable sensitivity to the aesthetics of timbre. With spontaneity that almost suggests improvisation, he draws lavishly on the full range of means from rhythm-stressing virtuosity and gripping energetic power right through to the expression of deepest reflectivity and melancholy. Shawn communicates his emotionality straight to the listener – and it brings surprises: we find no continuity of harmonic patterns; form and melody are broken apart. Portentous expectation of the unpredictable pervades his music – hereby creating tension that, through the characteristic manner in which Shawn plays with the element of time, and in particular through his brilliant exploitation of pauses as stylistic means, is released time and again for moments of respite, distancing and inquiry.
 
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Allen Shawn (*1948)
Five Preludes (for Elizabeth Wright, 1994)
1.
I. Impetuous
2:22
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II. With longing, nostalgic. Andante
2:28
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III. Restless, quirky. Scherzando
2:22
4.
IV. Reflective. Largo
3:36
5.
V. Demonic
2:25



Aus/From: Four Jazz Preludes (for my father, 1980)
6.
Prelude I. Andante. Introspectively
4:13
7.
Prelude III. Spiritual. Lento cantabile
2:47
8.
Prelude IV. Largo. Freely. Allegro
4:24



Recollections (for Daniel Epstein, 1998)
9.
No. 1 Searching, declarative
4:50
10.
No. 2 Introspective
3:41
11.
No. 3 Playful (leggiero)
4:22



Piano Sonata No. 4 (for Julia Bartha, 2009)
12.
I. Tempo Giusto, solemn
5:56
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II. Very flexibly
7:30
14.
III.
2:47



15.
Valentine (for Jamaica Kincaid, 1984)
3:57



16.
Growl (for Amy Williams, 1995)
3:33



Three Reveries (1992)
17.
I. Tempo rubato, pensive, floating
2:15
18.
II. Airy, lyrical
3:14
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III. Solemn
3:09

total time:
1:11:06

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