Dynamic Records
Disc No: CDS-351
Price: Sek. 70
The present CD features five great works by five great Afro-American musicians. The first piece is the Overture from the opera Treemonisha, which Scott Joplin completed in 1911, centred on the fight between good and evil, between the light of reason and the darkness of superstition, which obsessed Joplin in the last years of his life.
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue voices the youthful self-confidence of the new era, it exudes modernity, rhythm and speed. By James P. Johnson there follows the rhapsody Yamekraw (1927), a piece of monumental beauty and power thanks to Johnson's granitic piano writing - which in passages makes the piano vibrate like an organ - and the stately efficiency of his themes.      
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ComposerOpusMusicKey Performer
Joplin, Scott   Treemonisha - Overture   Various
Gershwin, George   Rhapsody in Blue  
Johnson, James Price   Yamekraw (a Negro Rhapsody)  
Still, William Grant   Africa  
Ellington, Duke   New World a-Comin’  

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