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Music in the American Grain

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Music in the American Grain

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    • I. Vigorous and turbulent (4:30)

    • JOHN LA MONTAINE (1920–2013)

      Piano Sonata, Op. 3 (1942) (12:49)

      I. Vigorous and turbulent (4:30)

    • II. Restrained but with deep feeling (3:53)

    • II. Restrained but with deep feeling (3:53)

    • III. Slowly; Moderately, with increasing impetuosity (4:17)

    • III. Slowly; Moderately, with increasing impetuosity (4:17)

    • I. Allegro agitato ma leggiero (7:56)

    • ROBERT PALMER (b. 1915)

      Third Sonata (1979) (22:04)

      I. Allegro agitato ma leggiero (7:56)

    • II. Canzona - Fuga - Canzona (7:09)

    • II. Canzona - Fuga - Canzona (7:09)

    • III. Scherzo - Trio (Barcarolle) - Scherzo (6:49)

    • III. Scherzo - Trio (Barcarolle) - Scherzo (6:49)

    • I. Allegro molto e dinamico (6:22)

    • HUNTER JOHNSON (1906 - 1998)

      Piano Sonata (1933-37; 1947-48) (17:20)

      I. Allegro molto e dinamico (6:22)

    • II. Andante cantabile (6:03)

    • II. Andante cantabile (6:03)

    • III. Allegro giusto (4:54)

    • III. Allegro giusto (4:54)

    • Huapango No. 1 (1:10)

    • PAUL BOWLES (1910-1999)

      Six Latin American Pieces (1937-46) (9:03)

      Huapango No. 1 (1:10)

    • Tierra Mojada (1:52)

    • Tierra Mojada (1:52)

    • El Bejuco (0:54)

    • El Bejuco (0:54)

    • La Cuelga (1:16)

    • La Cuelga (1:16)

    • Orosi (1:55)

    • Orosi (1:55)

    • Huapango No. 2 ("El Sol") (1:38)

    • Huapango No. 2 ("El Sol") (1:38)

    • Carretera de Estepona (1939) (2:22)

    • PAUL BOWLES

      Carretera de Estepona (1939) (2:22)

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Pianist Ramon Salvatore, a champion of American music, harvests a program of attractive, distinctive yet neglected works by four prominent, living composers on his first recording for Cedille Records.

The disc offers debut recordings of Robert Palmer's neoclassically seasoned Third Sonata (dedicated to Salvatore) and Paul Bowles' evocative Carretera de Estepona. Other works include Bowles' Six Latin American Pieces, John LaMontaine's dramatic Piano Sonata, Op. 3, and Hunter Johnson's Piano Sonata, which The New York Times described as "an engrossing combination of Hindemith-like counterpoint and American blues."

The composers, who received advance copies of the recording, praise it robustly. Palmer notes "a clarity and understanding of every part of the work that is truly outstanding." He describes Salvatore as a "superb musician" and likens him to the late John Kirkpatrick for his dedication to popularizing neglected American masterpieces.

Bowles calls the recording of his pieces "the best I had heard." Johnson declares the recording of his Sonata "a knockout in every respect. I would call it definitive -- everything exactly right -- one by which to measure all other performances of it." To LaMontaine, it's "nothing less than stupendous."

Salvatore's interest in American music extends back into the 19th century, but he devotes this recording to "a lost generation of works" by American composers whose personal styles blossomed in the 1930s and 1940s -- styles marked by new harmonies and rhythms an ocean apart from European influences that once dominated American music.

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Album Details

Total Time: 60:27

*World Premiere Recording(s)

Recorded: Nov. 12, Dec. 16 & 18, 1991 at WFMT Chicago
Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Front Cover Photo: Cut Wheat (detail) © Gus Foster
Design: Robert J. Salm
Notes: Monroe Levin

© 1992 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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