Saturday, 20 June 2009

Leo Ornstein

Really, thank goodness for Marc-Andre Hamelin. A player of such terminator-like technique that it completely disappears as an issue in the rendition of the music, a performer of such calmness and lack of pretense, and a promoter of repertoire that I had no idea even existed. Today, I was lucky to learn about Leo Ornstein, a composer who straddled the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, one of many who shied away from their early fire towards a later neo-romanticism, and one of the lucky few whose obscurity was reversed during their own lifetime.

Danse Sauvage (1913)

Impressions of the Thames (1920)

Suicide in an Airplane (1918/9)

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