Gordon Getty Piano Pieces

Conrad Tao

18.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

These piano pieces cover what is getting to be a considerable lifetime. The five called Homework Suite date from my year at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1962); Andantino and Scherzo Pensiersoso were written this year (2012). It might as easily have been the other way around. Fifty years ago, I could steal unconsciously from others, and now more from myself, but the language and perspective are the same. Orchestral versions of most have been performed and recorded. But these piano originals may never have been heard by the paying public. I’m not a good enough pianist to have been sure of them, and crossed my fingers when Pentatone proposed to record them. Not to worry when Conrad Tao is the pianist. Everything came out as I had imagined it.
My teacher at the Conservatory, Sol Joseph, once asked me if I expected to move on to atonalism. I told him I kind of doubted it. My music seems to belong more in the nineteenth century, with inklings of others, and even a splash of atonalism if that’s what comes knocking, We write what is in our heads.

Tracklist

1.
Homework Suite - Seascape
01:07
2.
Homework Suite - Giga
00:39
3.
Homework Suite - Ghost Waltz
00:36
4.
Homework Suite - Berceuse
02:01
5.
Homework Suite - Night Horses
00:53
6.
Ancestor Suite - Zwei Walzer
02:28
7.
Ancestor Suite - Waltz of the Ancestors
01:29
8.
Ancestor Suite - Schottische
01:09
9.
Ancestor Suite - Waltz-Landler
02:47
10.
Ancestor Suite - Polka-Polonaise
02:39
11.
Ancestor Suite - Gavotte
01:33
12.
Ancestor Suite - Gothic Waltz
02:20
13.
Ancestor Suite - March-Sarabande-Presto
04:43
14.
Ancestor Suite - Madeline
02:54
15.
Ancestor Suite - Ewig Du
03:59
16.
Ancestor Suite - Finale
01:39
17.
The Fiddler of Ballykeel
02:50
18.
Tiefer und Tiefer
02:30
19.
Ehemals
04:38
20.
First Adventure
01:26
21.
Raise the Colors
02:14
22.
Andantino
03:38
23.
Scherzo Pensieroso
02:50

Total time: 00:53:02

Additional information

Label

SKU

PTC5186505

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Original Recording Format

Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen, Dann Thompson

Recording location

Skywalker Sound, California

Recording Software

merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date September 4, 2015

Press reviews

Audiophile Audition

“I have no doubt I would be pleased to hear any of this in a concert setting; whether or not that same feeling persists in my home listening habits remains to be seen.

Conrad Tao, with quite a resume under his belt, plays the music to perfection, and I cannot imagine anything that could be added by anyone else. The sound is typical PENTATONE piano, and that is very good indeed.”

(April 2013)

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