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Rorem, Ned / Piano Album I, Six Friends (Carolyn Enger, Piano(
Album:Piano Album I, Six Friends (Carolyn Enger, Piano( Collection:Classical
Artist:Rorem, Ned Added:Sep 2014
Label:Naxos World 

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Add Date:2014-09-26 Pull Date:2014-11-28 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Oct 5

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Piano Album 1: Song Without Words (1:19)

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2014-09-20 
Time magazine called Ned Rorem (b. 1923) “the world’s best composer of art songs.” Jim Holmes, Rorem’s partner of thirty-two years, was the inspiration for the majority of the pieces in Piano Album I, composed between 1978 and 2001. Each piece professes love or devotion. Rorem ensured that each piece fit onto a single page so that he could brightly decorate it and frame it, before presenting it to Jim or another dedicatee. He incorporated many of these pieces into other works. Six Friends is similar set (2006-2007). All of these miniatures are gentle. The overall feeling is serene calm, the perfect antidote to a stressful day. Rorem uses delicate chromatic dissonance, but his music has a sumptuous, elegant feel. Pianist Carolyn Enger plays in a manner highly sympathetic to the delicate phrasing these pieces require.

Track Listing
1.Piano Album 1: Song Without Words (1:19) 17.A Berceuse For Jim At Christmas (1:16)
2.Carol-Pastiche (0:55) 18.A Christmas Card For Mary And Rosemary (1:46)
3.Serenade For Two Paws (1:41) 19.For A Perfect Sister (1:21)
4.Nineteen Measures For Jim (1:21) 20.A Sarabande For The Only Jim In The World (1:16)
5.Golden Notes On Nearing Fifty (1:26) 21.Sixty Notes For Judy (1:36)
6.Another Little Song Without Words (1:10) 22.Seventy-Seven Notes For Rosemary (1:00)
7.This Serpentine Etude (1:45) 23.Ninety-Nine- Notes To The Millennium (1:46)
8.For A Perfect Friend (1:49) 24.For Ben (2:51)
9.Marriage Measures (1:40) 25.Waiting To Get Well (1:48)
10.Snapshot Of Jack (1:57) 26.1 + 1 = 3 (2:02)
11.For Jim (1:35) 27.Forty Chords For Mark On April First (1:29)
12.Little Waltz For Jim At Fifty-Five (0:52) 28.Six Friends. For Marian (2:22)
13.A Melody For Shirley (1:33) 29.For Barbara (1:37)
14.A Talisman For Jim On Christmas Eve (1:19) 30.For Rosemary (1:22)
15.On His Birthday (1:14) 31.For Mary (1:30)
16.Ah Jim . . . (1:26) 32.For Don (1:39)
 33.75 Notes For Jerry (1:26)