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Paul Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis; Gabriel Fauré: Nocturnes
Paul Hindemith, Gabriel Faure, Edward Aldwell
Paul Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis; Gabriel Fauré: Nocturnes
Genre: Classical
 
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Edward Aldwell A native of Portland, Oregon, pianist Edward Aldwell received his early musical training in Texas, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before finally reaching his permanent musical home, New York City...  more »

     
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All Artists: Paul Hindemith, Gabriel Faure, Edward Aldwell
Title: Paul Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis; Gabriel Fauré: Nocturnes
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Pro-Piano Records
Release Date: 1/23/1996
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 781988000823

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Edward Aldwell A native of Portland, Oregon, pianist Edward Aldwell received his early musical training in Texas, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before finally reaching his permanent musical home, New York City. There, he received both the Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from The Juilliard School, studying principally under the legendary and recently deceased Adele Marcus. Later, as a recipient of the Marie Dring Prize, Mr. Aldwell was afforded the opportunity to extensively study the keyboard works of J.S. Bach. Subsequently, the pianist received an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant for analysis and performance of Bach's keyboard music, and was presented in his New York debut performing the complete Book I of The Well Tempered Clavier. Since then, he has given numerous recitals throughout the United States, many of them devoted to J.S. Bach, including performance of both books of The Well Tempered Clavier during Bach's tri-centennial season of 1984-85, and has made numerous appearances in prestigious music capitals throughout North America, exhibiting prowess in his lifelong area of expertise, championing the music of that composer, appearing in multi-recital series often spanning entire concert seasons. Mr. Aldwell's New York recital appearances are passionately attended by numerous local pianists eager to hear and to see a truly gifted pianist, a uniquely stylistic performer who brings great intellectual and musical insight to each performance, and one who presents his musical offerings in a captivating visual manner. Edward Aldwell is the widely respected co-author with Carl Schachter of the textbook Harmony and Voice Leading which is used extensively at conservatories of music throughout the world. For over two decades he has taught music theory and Schenkerian Analysis at both The Curtis Institute of Music and The Mannes College of Music where he is also a member of the piano faculty. Deeply committed to teaching analysis which enhances performance, he has appeared throughout the world in master classes and lecture-recitals which have generally focused on the keyboard works of J. S. Bach. Mr. Edward Aldwell received wide critical acclaim for his recording of Books I & II of J.S. Bach's The Well Tempered Clavler on Nonesuch Records, and herewith makes his debut on Pro Piano Records.

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A beautiful reading...
J. Anderson | Monterey, CA USA | 06/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a beautiful reading of Hindemith's 'Ludus tonalis.' Aldwell's approach is lyrical and meaningful, with figures of sprite and humor. The famous blues sequence at the conclusion of Fuga V is treated with perfect dryness by Aldwell, redeeming with such touches, as he does, a decidedly lyrical reading of a marvelous score. He's clearly a marvelous pianist, and an intelligent one. Hindemith's 'howling in the wilderness,' as his work and career during the period of serialist triumph has been called, is vindicated with performances of this quality attending his music. And that's surely a good thing! What people will intimate about the patina of learnedness that subsumes Hindemith's music is probably true, but there's much to admire in its emotional contact and content. Hindemith's heart beats --perhaps a fugal beat!-- but it's real, and informs his music with a particular caste, almost an ethos, of its own. Aldwell misses nothing of Hindemith's line of offense, but takes it to humanity, like a mediator priest, as a proposition for the good of all; it is easy to accept the proposal. This is a recording of tremendous integrity. Unfortunately, the sonic acoustic is somewhat dull. A dull acoustic could work well with this score if it were an enlightening sonic nonetheless --not the case here. This is alleviated considerably, however, by the superb sound of the Hamburg Steinway Aldwell plays-- magnificent timbre to the instrument, something used to the max by Aldwell, who, like a singer (exactly what Hindemith needs here!), can convey opposites best by rounding a strong middle. Excellent recording of a magnificent piece of music! The Faure nocturnes are well-played, intelligently drawn, making a nice effect after the Hindemith. Aldwell allows his pianism to flower rightly with the Faure, so that it feels wisely peeled off from the Hindemith that has just cleaved all the senses. It's a beautiful and pungent effect. Great CD - fetching version of 'Ludus tonalis' - engineering off the mark!"