Laura Leon | Preludes to Passion: Intimate Keyboard Works

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Preludes to Passion: Intimate Keyboard Works

by Laura Leon

Preludes to Passion is a collection of beautiful short works for the piano from J.S. Bach to Peter Schickele and Sting. Each piece invites the listener into the timeless inner realm of the keyboard.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Michael Praetorius From Epitaphs For Piano
1:54 $0.99
2. The Kiss
3:25 $0.99
3. The Fifth Day of the Fifth Moon
3:08 $0.99
4. Sicilliene From Suite Francaise
1:32 $0.99
5. The Resplendent Quetzel From A Suite From The Cloud Forest
5:51 $0.99
6. The Secret Marriage (Feat. Dorothy Lawson, Cello)
1:59 $0.99
7. Wedding Song From Poniky
2:31 $0.99
8. Arietta From Partita No. 1
2:49 $0.99
9. In Evening Air
2:31 $0.99
10. Allemande From French Suite No. Iv
2:51 $0.99
11. The Swan (Feat. Roger Andrews, Reader)
1:44 $0.99
12. The Kiss (Reprise)
1:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Preludes to Passion is a beautiful collection of short works for the piano, ranging from J.S. Bach's "Allemande" from his French Suite No. IV, to Sting's tender "The Secret Marriage," arranged for cello and piano; from Poulenc's shimming "Sicilliene" from his Suite Francaise to Aaron Copland's reflective "In Evening Air," which the composer arranged from his score for the moving post World-War II documentary "The Cunningham Story. "

Several tracks on the CD are originally composed as vocal works: Bartok's "Wedding Song from Poniky" from his Four Slovak Folk Songs for mixed chorus and piano. The choral parts sing beautifully from the piano, alongside the original accompaniment, transforming the song into a dramatic two-piano expression of love and regret.

The heartbeat and emotion of Sting's The Secret Marriage" has the piano joined singing cello lines, played by acclaimed Ethel Quartet cellist Dorothy Lawson. Paul Hindemith's "The Swan," was originally composed for four-part a cappella choir. In this recording, the piano performs the choral parts and the text--a bittersweet poem about love-is read alongside by Metropolitan OIpera Chorus baritone Roger Andrews.

Also included on the CD are short, beautiful works by Peter Schickele, Eric Ewazen, Leo Kraft and Steven Rosenhaus.



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