VINCENT PERSICHETTI (1915-1987): Complete Piano Sonatas - No. 1, Op. 3, No. 2, Op. 6, No. 3, Op. 22, No. 4, Op. 36, No. 5, Op. 37, No. 6, Op. 39, No. 7, Op. 40, No. 8, Op. 41, No. 9, No. 58, No. 10, Op. 67, No. 11, Op. 101 and No. 12, Op. 145 "Mirror Sonata".
Catalogue Number: 03J011
Label: New World
Description: The only way to describe Persichetti's "style" is to say that he used multiple styles in a consistently creative and personal way. Thus, the three earliest sonatas here, dating from 1939 to 1943) have elements of Austrian Expressionism, Hindemith and Copland. Schoenberg, Bartók and jazz illuminate aspects of later sonatas as Persichetti's palette uses diatonic and modal tonalities, pandiatonicism, polytonality, atonality and many other approaches, when and as he needs them. Thus, one cannot characterize twelve piano sonatas of such a wide variety of personalities; one can only enjoy them, replay them multiple times and get to know one of the least-known American piano sonata œuvres ever composed. From sonatina-like pieces of six minutes to the Tenth's 21 minutes, these works are approachable if you give them the attention they deserve and these discs fill a huge whole not just in Persichetti's but in American Music's catalogue. 2 CDs. Geoffrey Burleson (piano).