Catalogue No: TOCC0438EAN/UPC: 5060113444387Release Date: 01.02.2019Composer: Marc Blitzstein Artists: Helene Williams,
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The American composer Marc Blitzstein (1905–64) is best known for his left-leaning stage works; indeed, his pro-union musical The Cradle Will Rock achieved some notoriety in 1937 when the authorities shut it down. But Blitzstein was also a fine pianist and wrote for the instrument all through his career. This first album ever to be devoted entirely to his piano output offers a conspectus of 45 years of Blitzstein’s music, from lyrical juvenilia via spiky protest pieces and jazzy dance numbers to intimate ‘family’ pieces for close friends.
Leonard Lehrman, piano; speaker
Helene Williams, speaker
Children’s Dances (1924)*
Svarga: Suite (1924–25)*
Percussion Music for the Piano (1928–29)
Cain: Ballet (1930)*
Piano Solo (1933)*
Show (The Guests): Ballet (1946–49)
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