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Titles by this Artist: BEUS, STEPHEN: PNO
Titles by this Label: END-Endeavour Classics
Catalog #: 1017
Released: 9/12/2006
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UPC: 723721237257
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BARBER: Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26 • Four Excursions, Op. 20 • Nocturne in A-flat, Op. 33 • BAUER: Pine-Trees, Op. 12, No. 3 • Three Impressions (The Tide, Druids, Vision), Op. 10 • Six Preludes, Op. 15

Critics are using phrases such as “a young Van Cliburn,” “a pianist to watch” and “a star is born” to describe Stephen Beus. As one of only four Americans invited to compete at the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition, Beus’s performance of the Barber Sonata Op. 26 was called the “most hair-raising performance at Van Cliburn.” Born in Othello,Washington, Stephen Beus began piano lessons at age five and made his orchestral debut four years later. Beus began to accumulate national acclaim while still in high school, placing first at both the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition and the pre-college level of the Corpus Christi International Concerto Competition. He won both the high school and later the collegiate level of Music Teachers National Association’s competition, garnering, for the latter triumph, a Steinway Model M piano. At the age of eighteen, Beus had already been a featured performer on NPR’s young artist showcase From the Top and five years later, at twentythree, was featured on From the Top’s “Where Are They Now,” with host Christopher O’Riley. He was the top prizewinner at the 2004 Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition and was presented in recital at Weill Recital Hall in New York. A graduate of Whitman College, Beus recently received his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Robert McDonald. As the current Max I.Allen Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and 2006 first-prize winner of the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition, Beus will appear in affiliated concerts worldwide over the next two years. Vladimir Horowitz once said that Samuel Barber was one of the few American composers who actually understood how to write for the piano. This was not empty praise, either, as Barber was one of the few American composers whose music Horowitz played with any regularity. The four Excursions were written for Barber’s friend, pianist Jeanne Behrend, but actually premiered by Horowitz in 1945, providing a boost for the composer’s reputation. Each of the four pieces is based on a popular musical style: the first is a boogie-woogie, the second a blues, the third a folksy song with a Latin-American accent, and the finale a jittery dance in which the piano imitates the sound of a harmonica. By 1949, Barber was at work on what would be his largest and influential solo work, the Piano Sonata, Op. 26, commissioned by two masters of American Popular Song, Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers. It was part of a series of commissions celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the League of Composers. Horowitz gave the first public performance at the massive Constitution Hall in Washington DC on January 11, 1950, and played it later that month in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Marion Bauer was born in Walla Walla,Washington in 1882. Heavily influenced by French composers in her early career, Bauer called herself a “neo-Impressionist” though later she moved further away from tonality. Marion Bauer lived until 1955 and left behind more than 130 pieces, the majority of which are songs and solo piano works. She did compose in other forms, too, including chamber music and a symphony; her symphonic poem, Sun Splendor, was premiered in 1947 by Leopold Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic.

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Track Preview 1. Sonata for piano, Op. 26:
Track Preview 2. Sonata for piano, Op. 26:
Track Preview 3. Sonata for piano, Op. 26:
Track Preview 4. Sonata for piano, Op. 26:
Track Preview 5. Excursions (4), for piano
Track Preview 6. Excursions (4), for piano
Track Preview 7. Excursions (4), for piano
Track Preview 8. Excursions (4), for piano
Track Preview 9. Nocturne "Hommage to John
Track Preview 10. From the New Hampshire Wo
Track Preview 11. Three Impressions, for pi
Track Preview 12. Three Impressions, for pi
Track Preview 13. Three Impressions, for pi
Track Preview 14. Preludes (6) for piano, O
Track Preview 15. Preludes (6) for piano, O
Track Preview 16. Preludes (6) for piano, O
Track Preview 17. Preludes (6) for piano, O
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