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Boykan: Impromptu

Magazine article Gramophone

Boykan: Impromptu

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Boykan

Impromptu (a). Violin Sonata No 2 (b). Piano Trio No 3, 'Rites of Passage' (c). Viola Sonata (d). Psalm 121 (e)

(e) Pamela Dellal mez (e) Emil Altshuler, (ace) Yohanan Chendler, (b) Curtis Macomber vns (d) Mark Berger, (e) Mary Ruth Ray vas (ce) Joshua Gordon vc (b) Stephen Gosling, (c) Steven Weigt, (d) Yoko Hagino pfs Bridge (F) BRIDGE9483 (56' * DDD * T)

Martin Boykan (b1931), a native of New York City, is one of the US's most distinguished composers. A pupil of Piston (at Harvard), Hindemith (Zurich and Yale) and Copland (Tanglewood), he also studied piano with Steuermann, helped found the Brandeis Ensemble, was the pianist with the Boston Symphony under Leinsdorf (1964-65) and is a distinguished figure in academia.

Previously, his music has appeared on New World (still available as download only), Albany and CRI; Bridge issued a disc of piano pieces in 2014 and this chamber disc makes a fine follow-up. All five works are from his main period of maturity so there is no pronounced stylistic progression between them. …

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