RICHARD HOWARD (b.1946): Prairie Visions - A Suite for Piano.

Catalogue Number: 02I077

Label: MSR Classics

Reference: MC 1178

Format: CD

Price: $12.98

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Description: A seven-movement suite of unashamedly programmatic content and full-blooded Romanticism, this is a very personal statement by a composer-pianist obviously well versed in the traditions of grand pianism. Emotionally charged and full of bravura pianism, stopping just short of sentimentality (most of the time, à la Percy Grainger), the most obvious inspiration and comparison for Howard's style is Rachmaninov. The piece may strike those looking for innovation grounded in tradition (like Grainger, or Ronald Stevenson) as being derived from a 'popular' view of Rachmaninov - a distillation of 'big tunes' from the piano concertos - but there are worse models by far, and the piece has an innocent and heartfelt quality which, along with the excitement generated by its thunderous virtuosic passages, render it entirely convincing on its own terms. Richard Howard (piano).

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