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Piano Masterworks from America & New Zealand
Thomas Hecht

This CD shows Hecht at his powerful and poetic best in three great mid-20th century works for solo piano. The 2 major American piano sonatas, by Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland, sandwich a rarely heard New Zealand gem, Douglas Lilburn’s “Chaconne” of 1946, considered by Hecht an ignored masterpiece, and available here on CD for the first time.

Hecht, for several years head of piano studies at Victoria University of Wellington, now heads the piano department at Peabody Conservatorium’s new Singapore Music School.

1 - 4 Sonata for Piano Op. 26 – Samuel Barber
5 Chaconne for Piano – Douglas Lilburn  
6 - 8 Piano Sonata (1939-41) – Aaron Copland  
  Total Duration 74.27