Wednesday, December 9, 2015

William Bolcom - Just As I Am - Gospel Preludes Book 1 #3

Nicholas Capozzoli, organ
Westminster Presbyterian Church (Upper St. Clair, PA)

I should mention that there is a really good recording of all of the Gospel Preludes played by Gregory Hand on the Naxos label.   Naxos also has what I still believe is the only recording available of William Bolcom's great and massive song cycle on William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience,  certainly one of the great works of the 20th century and arguably among the greatest works ever composed by an American composer.  William Bolcom's choice to not stick to any one style of music produces an experience of incredible intensity and power and of intellectual engagement at its highest.  There should be a dozen recordings to choose from of these works, at least.

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