BN.com Gift Guide

If I were a bird

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
See more details below
CD
$17.09
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$17.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $11.20   
  • New (3) from $11.20   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479210326
  • Catalog Number: 92103
  • Sales rank: 227,494

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le Rappel des oiseaux, for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode) - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Michael Lewin (3:01)
  2. 2 Roman Sketches (4), suite for piano, Op. 7: The White Peacock - Charles Tomlinson Griffes & Michael Lewin (5:12)
  3. 3 Fancies (6) for piano, Op. 7: To a Humming Bird - Edward MacDowell & Michael Lewin (0:46)
  4. 4 Preludes (8) for piano, I/2: The Dove - Olivier Messiaen & Michael Lewin (2:26)
  5. 5 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: Little Bird - Edvard Grieg & Michael Lewin (2:09)
  6. 6 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 (5:45)
  7. 7 Les Doux Alouettes (The Two Larks), impromptu for piano, Op. 2/1 - Theodor Leschetizky & Michael Lewin (3:47)
  8. 8 Miroirs, for piano (or orchestra): Sad Birds - Maurice Ravel & Michael Lewin (3:50)
  9. 9 The Lark (Zhavronok), song for voice & piano (A Farewell to St. Petersburg No. 10), G. x250 - Mikhail Glinka & Michael Lewin (5:10)
  10. 10 Waldszenen No. 7 ("Vogel als Prophet"), for piano, Op. 82/7 - Robert Schumann & Michael Lewin (4:13)
  11. 11 Water Wagtail, for piano, Op. 71/3 (W 414) - Cyril Scott & Michael Lewin (2:34)
  12. 12 Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3) - Louis-Claude Daquin & Michael Lewin (1:51)
  13. 13 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Michael Lewin (2:51)
  14. 14 Le rossignol (Solovei), air russe d'Alabieff II, for piano (Mélodies Russes No. 1), S. 250/1 (LW A86/1) - Alexander Alyabyev & Franz Liszt (3:33)
  15. 15 Turkey in the Straw, for piano - David Guion & Michael Lewin (3:02)
  16. 16 Études caractéristiques (12) for piano, No. 6, Were I a Bird, Op. 2/6 - Adolf Henselt & Michael Lewin (2:00)
  17. 17 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: Danse infernale de roi Kastchei - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Lewin (5:22)
  18. 18 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: Berceuse - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Lewin (3:28)
  19. 19 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2: Finale - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Lewin (4:05)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Lewin Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously