If I were a bird

If I were a bird

by Michael Lewin
     
 

Throughout his career pianist Michael Lewin has been fascinated by music inspired by birds and has often included these pieces on his recitals. If I were a bird is a diverse, charming selection that brings together 20 avian pieces from the Baroque to the 20th century. The most impressive and substantial work is a highly effective transcription of threeSee more details below

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Throughout his career pianist Michael Lewin has been fascinated by music inspired by birds and has often included these pieces on his recitals. If I were a bird is a diverse, charming selection that brings together 20 avian pieces from the Baroque to the 20th century. The most impressive and substantial work is a highly effective transcription of three movements from Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" made by Guido Agosti, and Lewin plays it with ferocious intensity and it's a real show-stopper. Lewin is especially compelling in the dazzling virtuoso repertoire -- the late Romantic showcases like the character pieces by Josef Hoffmann, Theodor Leschetizky, and Edward MacDowell -- and in the really substantive works like the movements from Schumann's "Waldszenen," Granados' "Goyescas," Ravel's "Miroirs," and Messiaen's early Preludes. The extravagantly ornamented Baroque pieces by Rameau and Daquin, originally for harpsichord, are delightfully quirky. He is less persuasive in lyrical works like Saint-Saëns' "The Swan," which lacks the singing legato line it needs. As might be expected, because of the subject matter and the fact that many of these are explicitly descriptive pieces, the center of gravity of the majority of them tends to be in the treble range of the keyboard. That becomes problematic only because the sound is on the unforgivingly bright side and is not especially deep. The lack of warmth and resonance, especially in the lower register, is most notable in the more lyrical selections.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479210326
catalogNumber:
92103
Rank:
192386

Tracks

  1. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: Finale  - Igor Stravinsky  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  2. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: Berceuse  - Igor Stravinsky  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  3. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: Danse infernale de roi Kastchei  - Igor Stravinsky  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  4. Études caractéristiques (12) for piano, No. 6, Were I a Bird, Op. 2/6  - Adolf Henselt  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  5. Turkey in the Straw, for piano  - David Guion  - Michael Lewin  - David Guion  - Brandon Bloodworth
  6. Le rossignol (Solovei), air russe d'Alabieff II, for piano (Mélodies Russes No. 1), S. 250/1 (LW A86/1)  - Franz Liszt  - Alexander Alyabyev  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  7. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  8. Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3)  - Louis-Claude Daquin  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  9. Water Wagtail, for piano, Op. 71/3 (W 414)  - Cyril Scott  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  10. Waldszenen No. 7 ("Vogel als Prophet"), for piano, Op. 82/7  - Robert Schumann  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  11. The Lark (Zhavronok), song for voice & piano (A Farewell to St. Petersburg No. 10), G. x250  - Mikhail Glinka  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  12. Miroirs, for piano (or orchestra): Sad Birds  - Maurice Ravel  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  13. Les Doux Alouettes (The Two Larks), impromptu for piano, Op. 2/1  - Theodor Leschetizky  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  14. Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64, DLR 2:4: The Maiden and The Nightingale  - Enriqué Granados  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  15. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: Little Bird  - Edvard Grieg  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  16. Preludes (8) for piano, I/2: The Dove  - Olivier Messiaen  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  17. Fancies (6) for piano, Op. 7: To a Humming Bird  - Edward MacDowell  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  18. Roman Sketches (4), suite for piano, Op. 7: The White Peacock  - Charles Tomlinson Griffes  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth
  19. Le Rappel des oiseaux, for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode)  - Jean-Philippe Rameau  - Michael Lewin  - Brandon Bloodworth

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