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'The Boston Scene'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Boston Scene'

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'The Boston Scene'

Chadwick Dans le canot. Barcarolle. Les grenouilles. Humoresque Foote Suite No 1, Op 15 MR Lang Rhapsody, Op 21 Nevin Water Scenes, Op 13 Paine In the Country Woodnotes; Wayside Flowers; The Shepherd's Lament; Village Dance; The Mill; Welcome Home. Three Piano Pieces, Op 41--Fuga giocosa Whiting Bagatelles Artem Belogurov pf Piano Classics (M) PCL0080 (70' * DDD)

Here's an area of the piano's repertoire that is not often visited. Nor is it at all common to hear an 1873 grand by Chickering, the leading American maker of the 19th century (Hans von Bulow used one for the world premiere of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto in Boston). Parallel-strung, it has an attractively mellow tone, though even its recent restoration has been unable to entirely eliminate the 'dumf of the pedal action.

All six of these American composers were members of the Harvard Musical Association (founded 1837 and from whose ranks the original members of the Boston Symphony were drawn). None of them inhabits the summit of Mount Olympus; rather they toil happily in the sunlit foothills somewhere below the peaks of Mendelssohn, Dvorak and, especially, Grieg. …

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