Anthony de Mare

Wizards & Wildmen

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AllMusic Review by François Couture

Pianist virtuoso Anthony de Mare offers on Wizards & Wildmen a beautifully-conceived program around three of the most important figures in XXth century American music: Charles Ives, Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison. All three were pianists and shared a musical vision - and although they were each separated by a generation, they were in contact with each other.

De Mare selected some of Ives' best piano works ("The Alcotts," from the "Piano Sonata No. 2; " "The Celestial Road"), as well as a few curiosities (like the "Three Improvisations"). But the bulk of the program is dedicated to Cowell and Harrison, the latter's piano work still virtually unknown and under-documented. Five Harrison pieces are found on record for the first time here. Wizards & Wildmen takes us from one composer to another and back, shuffling styles and influences. The exercise highlights how all three worked in the same direction. The music is highly emotional, but the emotion found new ways of channeling itself, ways brutal at times. Anthony de Mare is at ease with the mellow numbers (like Harrison's "New York Waltzes") but becomes riveting on the most difficult (on a listening standpoint): Cowell's "Dynamic Motion," Ives' demanding "Celestial Railroad."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Anthony de Mare 01:47 Amazon
2 Anthony de Mare 02:24 Amazon
Sonata No. 2: Concord, Mass., 1840-60, for piano (& optional viola, flute), S. 88 (K. 3A2)
3 Anthony de Mare 05:51 Amazon
Piano Sonata No. 3
4 Anthony de Mare 03:45 Amazon
5 Anthony de Mare 03:25 Amazon
6 Anthony de Mare 03:03 Amazon
Prelude and Sarabande for Grandpiano, for piano
7 Anthony de Mare 07:35 Amazon
8 Anthony de Mare 02:00 Amazon
9 Anthony de Mare 03:04 Amazon
Improvisations (3), for piano, S. 117
10 Anthony de Mare 01:22 Amazon
11 Anthony de Mare 01:09 Amazon
12 Anthony de Mare 00:49 Amazon
13 Anthony de Mare 01:46 Amazon
14 Anthony de Mare 00:35 Amazon
New York Waltzes (3), for piano
15 Anthony de Mare 00:52 Amazon
16 Anthony de Mare 01:21 Amazon
17 Anthony de Mare 01:19 Amazon
18 Anthony de Mare 04:51 Amazon
19 Anthony de Mare 03:03 Amazon
Encores to Dynamic Motion (5), for piano, HC 213/2-6
20 Anthony de Mare 00:38 Amazon
21 Anthony de Mare 00:53 Amazon
22 Anthony de Mare 01:32 Amazon
23 Anthony de Mare 03:46 Amazon
24 Anthony de Mare 03:44 Amazon
25 Anthony de Mare 07:25 Amazon
26 Anthony de Mare 02:41 Amazon
Prelude and Sarabande for Grandpiano, for piano
27 Anthony de Mare 04:44 Amazon
28 Anthony de Mare 02:41 Amazon
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