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Betty R. Wishart: Piano Sonorities

By Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi

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By Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi. By Betty R. Wishart. Classical. Listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.RR7929).

Item Number: NX.RR7929

On her debut release on Ravello Records, PIANO SONORITIES, composer Betty R. Wishart presents a collection of her solo piano works, performed by award-winning pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, which highlights the composer's use of distinctive harmonic structures, tension, and space. In many of Wishart's works including Toccata II, Toccata III, Sonata, and Night Visions, the composer employs the intervals of seconds, fourths, and sevenths to create melodic and harmonic material which unifies the style of her writing while creating a variety of colors and textures throughout the album. Variations on a Folk Melody is based on a straight-forward pentatonic hymn-like tune, delivering twelve variations that explore polytonality, contrapuntal devices, and diverse pianistic possibilities. Works such as Remembrance, Sonata ("the Kohinoor"), and Sonata II are expressive works that depict an exploration of the human condition, discussing loss and grief, as well as contemplation, doubt, and resolution.

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