America Again (2016)

Gould, Harrison, Traditional, Beach, Coleridge-Taylor, Visconti, Bloch, Gershwin, Negron, Bernstein, Sanford, Hanson, Joplin, Berlin, Price, Copland, Ellington, Harris, ARLEN

Lara Downes

 

The American dream is, perhaps by definition, an impossible one. But where would we be without it? This beautiful, impossible dream, of liberty and justice, of a better life in a better place, inspires us, time and again, to achieve the impossible - to journey into the vast unknown, to cross oceans, deserts, and mountains on a wing and a prayer. The Dream brought us here in the first place. The Dream carried the pioneers across miles of wilderness, and called multitudes over oceans and through the gates of Ellis Island. The Dream moved millions of black Americans to migrate north in search of “the warmth of other suns”. The Dream inspired Dr. King to speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and rouse a generation to change. The Dream comes down to us from our parents, and we pass it along to our children. We hold onto the dream; still and again and despite everything, that America will be America again. 

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America Again (2016)

Gould, Harrison, Traditional, Beach, Coleridge-Taylor, Visconti, Bloch, Gershwin, Negron, Bernstein, Sanford, Hanson, Joplin, Berlin, Price, Copland, Ellington, Harris, ARLEN

Lara Downes

    Music Web International

For me the highlight of this collection is Downes’s haunting – and very beautiful – rendition of Shenandoah. It actually moved me to tears, such is the ache and poise in every bar. It’s so well paced and proportioned, and for the first time I found myself in a rare state of immersion – of heightened sensitivity – that’s more typical of live concerts than recordings. Downes is the real magician here, but the gorgeous sound certainly helps. This is the kind of piano recording I dream about, where all artifice melts away and the pianist is right there in the room, playing for me and me alone. Quite extraordinary (and not a little spooky).

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America Again (2016)

Gould, Harrison, Traditional, Beach, Coleridge-Taylor, Visconti, Bloch, Gershwin, Negron, Bernstein, Sanford, Hanson, Joplin, Berlin, Price, Copland, Ellington, Harris, ARLEN

Lara Downes

Digital Converters: Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Mastering Room: Legacy Audio speakers
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Tracks.
1.
American Caprice
Gould
00:05:03   N/A
2.
New York Waltzes - I. Waltz in C
Harrison
00:00:46   N/A
3.
New York Waltzes - II. Hesitation Waltz
Harrison
00:01:08   N/A
4.
New York Waltzes - III. Waltz in A
Harrison
00:01:19   N/A
5.
Shenandoah (arr. for piano)
Traditional
00:03:57   N/A
6.
From Blackbird Hills, Op. 83
Beach
00:03:50   N/A
7.
24 Negro Melodies, Op. 59 - No. 10. Deep River
Coleridge-Taylor
00:05:16   N/A
8.
Lonesome Roads - Nocturne
Visconti
00:01:51   N/A
9.
Poems of the Sea III. At Sea - Allegro vivo (version for piano)
Bloch
00:04:19   N/A
10.
Porgy and Bess, Act II - I Loves You, Porgy (arr. N. Simone for piano)
Gershwin
00:04:19   N/A
11.
Sueno Recurrente
Negron
00:02:46   N/A
12.
13 Anniversaries - No. 3. For Stephen Sondheim
Bernstein
00:01:22   N/A
13.
Promise
Sanford
00:02:40   N/A
14.
Slumber Song
Hanson
00:02:34   N/A
15.
Gladiolus Rag
Joplin
00:03:43   N/A
16.
The Jazz Singer - Blue Skies (arr. A. Tatum for piano)
Berlin
00:03:23   N/A
17.
Fantasie negre
Price
00:07:09   N/A
18.
Blues No. 1 (Sentimental Melody - Slow Dance)
Copland
00:01:35   N/A
19.
Melancholia
Ellington
00:03:01   N/A
20.
Li'l boy named David
Harris
00:03:16   N/A
21.
The Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow (arr. for piano)
ARLEN
00:03:02   N/A

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