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Piano Masterworks from America and New Zealand

ACD205
£14.99

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Thomas Hecht performs three great mid-20th century works for solo piano. The 2 major American piano sonatas, by Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland, sandwich a rarely heard New Zealand gem, Douglas Lilburn’s “Chaconne” of 1946, considered by Hecht an ignored masterpiece, and available here on CD for the first time. The Barbar and Copland shows Hecht, a native of Baltimore, at his powerful and poetic best, while in the New Zealand work he seduces the listener to join Lilburn in this reflective walk through the West Coast rainforest. This album also serves as a tribute to the quest for national musical traditions in the early twentieth century in both New Zealand and the United States. This album features performances by Professor Thomas Hecht who heads the piano department at Peabody's new Singapore Conservatory.

Piano Masterworks from America and New Zealand

Reviews

“Hecht obviously believes in this music, and plays it with loving care and commitment. He is more of a poet than a showman, a quality he brings to the Copland and especially Barber Sonata as well. In the latter he reveals a tempered, lyrical approach far removed from the aggressive pyrotechnics of Horowitz but equally engaging in its own right. The recorded sound is exceptionally full, clear and clean without sounding metallic or clinical."  Highly Recommended on all counts. Opus CD Magazine

"Hecht possesses a rich artistic spirit and highly developed technique…a velvety way with sonorities, seamless phrasing and expert pianistic skill." Washington Post

“The American pianist penetrates the Barber Sonata to its emotional core, with the Finale’s fugue bolting across the keyboard like a muscled Paul Cadmus athelete.  Hecht’s magesterial performance inspires.” New Zealand Herald