AMY BEACH (1867-1944): Piano Music, Vol. 2 - Variations on Balkan Themes, Op. 60, Children's Album, Op. 36, Scottish Legend, Op. 54/1, Gavotte fantastique, Op. 54/2, Eskimos, Op. 64, Serenade, Moderato.
Catalogue Number: 08L058
Reference: GMCD 7329
Description: This new series performs a great service in replacing the complete Beach piano cycle on the defunct Arabesque label. One of her finest pieces is the 28-minute long Balkan Variations (1904) whose haunting melodies, full of a rare beauty and pathos are worked out in a multitude of colors and dynamics which convey a dramatic impact. Of only slightly less interest is the four-piece set Eskimos of 1907, an intriguing footnote to the rage of interest exhibited in Native American songs by classical composers of that time, which use Inuit songs collected by the famous anthropologist Franz Boas. Kirsten Johnson (piano).