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listen  1. Sunday in Brooklyn: I Prospect Park 4:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sunday in Brooklyn: II Sunday Driver 3:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sunday in Brooklyn: III Family at Home 4:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sunday in Brooklyn: IV Children's Story 1:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sunday in Brooklyn: V Coney Island 4:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Sonata No. 2: Moderato-Allegro-Piu mosso-Allegro, molto ritmico-Allegro-Poco meno mosso-Meno mosso di Tempo I-Allegro meno mosso-Adagio-Tempo11:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Theme and Variations No. 110:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 3: I Allegretto, molto energico 6:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 3: II Adagio, liberamente 5:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Piano Sonata No. 3: III Adagio - Allegro con fuoco 5:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. From These Shores: I Whitman 4:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. From These Shores: II Mark Twain 1:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. From These Shores: III Thoreau 4:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. From These Shores: IV Langston Hughes 2:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. From These Shores: V Faulkner 3:11$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B00000JYTR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on September 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The release by Naxos of Elie Siegmeister's <Piano Music, Vol. 2> (8.559021) gives us a chance to hear some really enjoyable as opposed to technically interesting keyboard pieces, played here by Kenneth Boulton. As I said in reviewing the first volume, I find such works as his "Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3" more cerebral than inspired, which is what would one expect from works composed respectively in 1964 and 1979. But back in 1946, Siegmeister composed his "Sunday in Brooklyn," which gives us five short tone poems such as " Prospect Park" and "Coney Island." The first is more than passingly reminiscent of "An American in Paris" and great fun. "From These Shores" also offers five portraits, this time of notable Americans: Whitman, Twain, Thoreau, Langston Hughes, and Faulkner. However the dissonance betrays its 1985 origins and is less immediately appealing to those with little sympathy for such a style. The same might be said for his "Theme and Variations, No. 1," although it bears a date back in 1932. Nevertheless many will appreciate what he is doing, although few will play this CD for mood music!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
ELie Siegmeister (1909-1991) is a too-little known American composer, a student of Nadia Boulanger, who wrote in a variety of musical idioms, ranging from rather traditional, tonal music to modern music full of dissonance and atonality. In all his different styles, Siegmeister maintains, I think, a distinct American voice full of brashness, newness, and hope. His models are in his various styles George Gershwin and Charles Ives, with jazz influences added for good measure. His work deserves to be included in Naxos' "American Classics" series.
This disc is the second volume of Siegmeister's piano music recorded by Kenneth Boulton, a specialist in contemporary American piano music. Mr. Boulton also wrote the program notes for the disc which are full and informative.
Of the five selections on the CD, there are two suites which are programmatic in character. The first "Sunday in Brooklyn" (1946)describes in a conservative jazzy idiom the bustling mid-20th century American metropolis, (including traffic jams) but includes quiet, domestic scenes as well. This piece was popular when written and deserves to be better known. It is the most accessible piece on this CD.
The second suite, "From these Shores" celebrates five American authors: Whitman, Mark Twain, Thoreau, Langston Hughes, and Faulkner. It is modernistic and discordant, but I found it fascinating. To me, the music captures something vivid about the work of each of the five authors it describes, the vision of Whitman, the blusiness of Hughes, the meditative quality of Thoreau. Siegmeister's own to this music, which Boulton summarizes in his notes, are useful here.
The remaining three works on this disc are non-programmatic and modernistic in character.
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By David Saemann VINE VOICE on January 4, 2008
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I had first heard of Elie Siegmeister from a Utah Symphony recording by Maurice Abravanel of one of his populist orchestral works from the 1940's. The current album is an entirely different kettle of fish. Siegmeister's world for the piano is highly personal and often dark. Sunday in Brooklyn is the easiest listen here, a sort of character pieces suite. But already in the harmonies, you can here where Siegmeister is headed in the later works. The Theme and Variations No. 1 from 1932 is an astonishingly forward looking piece, more in line than Brooklyn with the 1964 Sonata No. 2. This last work is cryptic and at times painful. There is an absence of popular gestures, that may put you in mind of Brahms's late works for piano. From These Shores is an almost visionary set of impressions of 5 American writers. Throughout the later pieces, there is an emphasis on shape and coloration in the works that puts me in mind of abstract impressionist painting. All in all, this is very challenging music. The performances seem excellent, and the sound engineering is first class.
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