25 Songs, 1 Hour 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Has one musician ever tried to tell the 700-year story of Western music in a single span before? It’s a feat achieved here by pianist Jeremy Denk in 25 pieces. Obviously the medieval ones were written for voices, with the virginals and harpsichord coming later, but sensitive transcription to piano brings a consistent sound. The choice of pieces was always going to be controversial, as Denk acknowledges, but his journey from Machaut and Binchois stops by many peaks of the repertoire—Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy—to end with Stockhausen, Glass, and Ligeti, taking in the rise and fall of tonality along the way. Fascinating and rewarding.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Has one musician ever tried to tell the 700-year story of Western music in a single span before? It’s a feat achieved here by pianist Jeremy Denk in 25 pieces. Obviously the medieval ones were written for voices, with the virginals and harpsichord coming later, but sensitive transcription to piano brings a consistent sound. The choice of pieces was always going to be controversial, as Denk acknowledges, but his journey from Machaut and Binchois stops by many peaks of the repertoire—Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy—to end with Stockhausen, Glass, and Ligeti, taking in the rise and fall of tonality along the way. Fascinating and rewarding.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Steven Mitch ,

Music History Made Easy

This album is a rather extraordinary survey of 700 years of Western music using the medium of the piano. The liner notes that accompany the album are remarkable in their thoroughness, erudtion, and impeccable prose. This album is not only beautiful but it really is a "mini-course" in music history. Please do not miss this album Nor only will you enjoy the music but you will learn a lot about how musical expression has grown and changed over an extended period of time.

diamondage ,

1300-c.2000 but no years noted ?

I really love this album, and its concept of introduction to klavier music over time. I'm not able to see the liner notes, or just havent been able to figure out how, but- besides the point.

Please Include the year the music was composed in the titles... that would be helpful for classical music ignorant's education and go along with the concept.

stgvucingt ,

Digital Booklet?

Enjoyed the album thoroughly but unable to view ‘digital booklet’ after purchasing album, though it says ‘purchased’. Sorry for off-topic review but what did I miss?

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