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Reale: Concerto 'Dies Irae'

Magazine article Gramophone

Reale: Concerto 'Dies Irae'

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Reale Concerto 'Dies irae' (a). Piano Sonatas--No 7, 'Veni Creator Spiritus' (b); No 8, 'II trionfo della folia' (c)

(b) Paul Reale, (c) Walter Ponce pf (a) The Mirecourt Trio; (a) California State University Wind Ensemble / David Whitwell

MSR Classics (F) MS1693 (57' * DDD)

Recorded (a) 1982; (bc) live, (b) March 1997, (c) January 2013


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Durch die Jahreszeiten II (German Folk Songs). Cello Sonatas (a)--No 1; No 2, 'Chopin's Ghost'. Seance. Wexford Carol (a)

Kim Cook vc (a) Christopher Guzman pf Naxos American Classics (M) 8 559820 (59' * DDD)

Two new recordings of music by Paul Reale (b1943) on different labels confirm that the American composer deserves more attention. The repertoire touches the tip of the Reale iceberg--among his works are 11 piano sonatas, three piano concertos and nine other concertos--but the pieces here more than demonstrate the skill and imagination he brings to his art.

Reale's studies with such eminent 20th-century figures as George Crumb, Otto Luening, Chou Wen-chung and George Rochberg might suggest that he falls into specific modernist schools of composition. On the contrary, Reale brings a wealth of stylistic knowledge to music full of references but also bursting with creative ideas and expressive generosity. Most of the activity in the works on these recordings is tonally based, yet with surprising detours that keep the ear alert to the evolution of material.

The MSR Classics disc contains two of Reale's piano sonatas and a piece of exceptional appeal and unusual scoring, the Concerto Dies irae for piano trio and wind ensemble. …

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