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VOYAGE A PARIS

Voyage à Paris - click here to read moreVoyage à Paris explores the evolution of French piano music from the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth centuries, and includes works by Franck, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Messiaen. This era was one of the richest in the history of both French music and art. Paris was the Mecca for this proliferation of musical and artistic creativity, and all of the composers featured in this recording made the "City of Light" their home and place of work. Chronologically, Voyage à Paris encompasses a musical journey from the Romantic writing of César Franck in the late 1800s to the Impressionistic works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel shortly after the turn of the twentieth century. The musical voyage concludes in the mid 1900s with the influence of French cabaret and popular music in the compositions of Francis Poulenc, and the explosive joy expressed by Olivier Messiaen in his mystical contemporary writing. Voyage à Paris was recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City and appears on the MSR Classics label (MS 1233).

Voyage à Paris reviews

Songs from Voyage à Paris:

1 - Improvisation No. 13 in A minor
2 - Improvisation No. 15 in C minor 'Hommage a Edith Piaf'
3 - Minstrels (from Preludes, Book I)
4 - La Cathedrale engloutie (from Preludes, Book I)
5 - Feux d'artifice (From Preludes, Book II)
6 - Prelude, Choral et Fugue
7 - Prelude, Choral et Fugue
8 - Prelude, Choral et Fugue
9 - Gaspard de La Nuit--Ondine
10 - Gaspard de La Nuit--Le Gibet
11 - Gaspard de La Nuit--Scarbo
12 - Regard de l'Esprit de joie (from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus)

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SOUTHERN QUILT

Click here for the story of the Southern QuiltSouthern Quilt features piano works written by both Southern composers and those inspired by Southern culture. It includes compositions by Gottschalk, Kerry Mills, William Grant Still, Frederic Rzewski, and North Carolina composers Kenneth Frazelle, Julie Harris, and Greg McCallum. This recording creates a tapestry from the diverse musical styles and human experience that the American South has witnessed over the last two centuries. By integrating the distinct genres of American Romanticism, contemporary composition, ragtime, folk, gospel, avant-garde, blues, and jazz, Southern Quilt chronicles the evolution of a rich musical heritage and celebrates the history and rich culture of the South and the diversity and expressive power of the contemporary composer's voice. Southern Quilt was recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, the historic Chatham Label Mill in Pittsboro, N.C., and the United Church of Chapel Hill, N.C. On the MSR Classics label (CD MS 1092).

Southern Quilt reviews

Songs from Southern Quilt:

1 - The Banjo
2 - The Last Hope
3 - At a Georgia Campmeeting
4 - Hymm Quilt
5 - Blue Ridge Airs I
6 - Old Joe Clark
7 - Hush-A-Bye
8 - Shortnin Bread
09 Summerland
10 - Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

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REFLECTIONS

Greg McCallum's ReflectionsReflections is a collection of reflective piano music from the classical repertoire along with two gems from popular and jazz genres. It contains works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Stanley Myers, and Duke Ellington. Created for a friend who was suffering from cancer, the recording includes slow pieces ranging between 60 and 70 beats per minute, a tempo that matches the rate of the human pulse at rest. When played, the music can help calm an agitated nervous system or overly excited heart because the rhythm of our bodies will begin to match that of the music. Reflections is a testimony to the power of these timeless compositions to help us reflect on peace in our lives and facilitate relaxation and healing. Currently, it is used in healing institutions and homes around the world. Recorded at the United Church of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C., Reflections was released in 2001.

Reflections reviews

Songs from Reflections:

1 - Prelude in C Major, BWV 846
2 - Prelude in b-flat minor
3 - Sheep May Safely Graze
4 - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
5 - Sonata No. 8 in c minor, op. 13, Pathétique- Adagio cantabile
6 - Sonata No. 14 in c-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2, Moonlight- Adagio sostenuto
7 - Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3
8 - Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
9 - Nocturne in C Major, Op. 54, No. 4
10 - Consolation No. 3 in D-flat Major
11 - Intermezzo in E-flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1
12 - Rêverie
13 - Pavane pour une infante défunte
14 - Gymnopédie No. 1
15 - Cavatina
16 - Reflections in D

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EXCURSIONS

Greg McCallum's Excursions Excursions is Greg McCallum’s debut CD. It includes works by Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Gottschalk, Joplin, and Barber. The selections take the listener on an excursion through time, place, and musical style. The journey begins on the European continent with a classical sonata written by Mozart in 1777. It continues with two different styles from the following centuries: the mid-nineteenth century poetry and virtuosity of the Romantic Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, and the early twentieth century Impressionism of French composer Maurice Ravel. On the American continent, we find composers who both continue and break away from European musical traditions. Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s career as the first American touring virtuoso paralleled that of the legendary Franz Liszt. At about the same time Ravel was writing his fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit, Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag established his reputation as the “King of Ragtime Writers.” The exploration of musical styles concludes in America near the end of World War II with Samuel Barber’s Excursions, based on American folk idioms. Excursions was recorded in Hubbard Hall at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and released in 1996 on the JSC Recordings label (JSC CD 5364).

Excursions reviews

Songs from Excursions:

1 - Sonata in D Major, K, 311 Allegro con spirito
2 - Andante con espressione
3 - Rondeau-Allegro
4 - Consolation No 3 in D-flat Major
5 - Mephisto Waltz No 1
6 - Odine from Gaspard de la Nuit
7 - Union-Paraphrase de Concert on the National Airs The Star SpangledBanner, Yankee Doodle and Hail Columbia
8 - Maple Leaf Rag
9 - Solace-A Mexican Serenade
10 - Un poco allegro
11 - 11-In slow blues tempo
12 - Allegretto
13 - Allegro molto

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