Robert Pollock & Alfred Nieman: Piano Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL333     Release Date: 2010-11-15
Robert Pollock, piano; Alberto Portugheis, piano

Robert Pollock writes:

Bridgeforms (1972) comprises a group of eight pieces: I — with great energy, II — agitated, III — melancholy, IV — march, V — expressively, VI — slow, somber, VII — delicately, VIII — dance...

“The pieces are straightforward formally, characterized by a confluence of maximum dynamic intensity and registral expansion with large-scale metric accent. These points of confluence as well as the continual use of the six-note series form the connections between pieces.”

Hepzibah Menuhin has supplied the following comments on Alfred Nieman's Sonata No. 2:

“The physical structure of this Sonata is more easily described than its impact on the listener. Its daring sequences are a powerful challenge to both ear and mind within the orderly development of a beautifully balanced framework. This is not a work in quest of originality but an original work by an inspired composer who is also a master craftsman.

“Though meant as a sonata, the work makes no use of sonata form as such. A twelve note row is used to trigger off contrasted ideas in the first movement (Fantasia). The conflict of these ideas evokes a dramatic thrust which generates an impressive climax. The following Passacaglia exploits the same row, this time strictly, building a series of variations on the subject which moves through different transpositions. Fiery variations in the middle resolved to a quiet ending.

“The last movement is built on clusters and the principle of the tone-row as girder. It is called Music of Changes because the nature of the music changes with each girder. There are twelve sections and a coda, which returns contemplatively to the first ideas of the Fantasia.”


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Track Listing

Bridgeforms: I. With Great Energy
Robert Pollock
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Bridgeforms: II. Agitated
Robert Pollock
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Bridgeforms: III. Melancholy
Robert Pollock
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Bridgeforms: IV. March
Robert Pollock
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Bridgeforms: V. Expressively
Robert Pollock
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Bridgeforms: VI. Slow, Somber
Robert Pollock
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Bridgeforms: VII. Delicately
Robert Pollock
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Bridgeforms: VIII. Dance
Robert Pollock
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Sonata No. 2: I. Fantasy
Alfred Nieman
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Sonata No. 2: II. Passacaglia
Alfred Nieman
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Sonata No. 2: III. Music of Changes
Alfred Nieman
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