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
Catalogue No: TOCC0438EAN/UPC: 5060113444387Release Date: 01.02.2019Composer: Marc Blitzstein Artists: Helene Williams, Leonard Lehman
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Children’s Dances (1924)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0438/Track04.mp3
Svarga: Suite (1924–25)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0438/Track06.mp3
Percussion Music for the Piano (1928–29) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0438/Track07.mp3
Cain: Ballet (1930)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0438/Track11.mp3
Piano Solo (1933)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0438/Track14.mp3
Show (The Guests): Ballet (1946–49) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0438/Track16.mp3
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