Ramey: Piano Music, Volume 4
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Phillip Ramey: Piano Music, Volume Four: 1959–2011

Catalogue Number: TOCC0153
EAN: 5060113441539
Release Date: 4 March 2013
Duration: 79:12

Incantations
Cossack Variations
Three Early Preludes
Piano Sonata No. 3
Epigrams, Book Two
Lament for Richard III
Piano Sonata No. 7

Stephen Gosling, piano

The piano music of the American composer Phillip Ramey (born in 1939) is rooted in the motoric athleticism of Prokofiev and Bartók, tempered with sober lyricism, spicy modernist dissonance and a fresh approach to the grand Romantic gesture. This fourth Toccata Classics album includes the virtuosic Cossack Variations, the mercurial Epigrams, Book Two and Lament for Richard III, a dramatic character-study of a famous historical villain. Two sonatas add further substance to a varied programme: No. 3, serially inflected and culminating in a barbaric finale; and No. 7, infused with declamatory rhetoric, quirky rhythm and engaging melody.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1-3 Incantations (1960; rev. 1982)

Phillip Ramey, composer
Stephen Gosling, piano

(first recording)
4:19
1 I Allegro 0:39 play
2 II Andante 1:49 play
3 III Con moto 1:51 play
4-17 Cossack Variations (1981/85)

Phillip Ramey, composer
Stephen Gosling, piano

(first recording)
14:48
4 Theme (Moderato) 0:34 play
5 Variation 1 (L’istesso tempo) 0:37 play
6 Variation 2 (Allegretto) 0:55 play
7 Variation 3 (Allegro) 0:56 play
8 Variation 4 (Allegro moderato) 0:57 play
9 Variation 5 (Moderato) 1:03 play
10 Variation 6 (Adagio) 2:39 play
11 Variation 7 (Moderato con moto) 0:48 play
12 Variation 8 (Allegro con spirito) 0:46 play
13 Variation 9 (Vivace) 0:39 play
14 Variation 10 (Andante lirico) 1:56 play
15 Variation 11 (Vivace) 0:51 play
16 Variation 12 (Andante) 0:30 play
17 Variation 13 (Andante maestoso) 1:37 play
18-20 Three Early Preludes (1959; rev. 1996)

Phillip Ramey, composer
Stephen Gosling, piano

(first recording)
5:29
18 I Andante lugubrioso 2:40 play
19 II Adagio enigmatico 1:30 play
20 III Allegro giocoso 1:19 play
21-23 Piano Sonata No. 3 (1968; rev. 2010)

Phillip Ramey, composer
Stephen Gosling, piano

(first recording)
16:15
21 I Moderato austero 4:45 play
22 II Andante meditativo 5:42 play
23 III Allegro demonico 5:48 play
24-32 Epigrams, Book Two (1986)

Phillip Ramey, composer
Stephen Gosling, piano

(first recording)
15:59
24 I Calm 1:07 play
25 II Melancholy 1:44 play
26 III Scornful 0:52 play
27 IV Desolate 4:25 play
28 V Demonic 0:55 play
29 VI Solemn 2:36 play
30 VII Grandiose 0:51 play
31 VIII Lyrical 2:08 play
32 IX Angry 1:21 play
33 Lament for Richard III (2001)

Phillip Ramey, composer
Stephen Gosling, piano

(first recording)
5:36 play
34-36 Piano Sonata No. 7 (2010–11)

Phillip Ramey, composer
Stephen Gosling, piano

(first recording)
16:46
34 I Adagio con moto; Scherzando; Alla marcia; Tempo I 5:21 play
35 II Adagio lirico 6:00 play
36 III Andante; Presto; Allegro moderato; Presto 5:25 play

Artists

Phillip Ramey

Phillip Ramey, composer

Stephen Gosling

Stephen Gosling, piano
[credit: Phillip Ramey]

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