The piano music of the American composer Phillip Ramey (born in 1939) is rooted in the motoric athleticism of Prokofiev and Bartók, tempered with sober lyricism, spicy modernist dissonance and a fresh approach to the grand Romantic gesture. This fourth Toccata Classics album includes the virtuosic Cossack Variations, the mercurial Epigrams, Book Two and Lament for Richard III, a dramatic character-study of a famous historical villain. Two sonatas add further substance to a varied programme: No. 3, serially inflected and culminating in a barbaric finale; and No. 7, infused with declamatory rhetoric, quirky rhythm and engaging melody.
Stephen Gosling, piano
Cossack Variations (1981/85)
Three Early Preludes (1959; rev. 1996)
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1968; rev. 2010)
Epigrams, Book Two (1986)
Piano Sonata No. 7 (2010–11)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0153EAN/UPC: 5060113441539Release Date: 04.03.2013Composer: Phillip Ramey Artists: Stephen Gosling
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