Rebecca Bogart | American Retrospective

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American Retrospective

by Rebecca Bogart

A fire-cracking tour de force of American piano music from Boston concert halls to Boogie Woogie, reveries to ragtime, this dazzling display of keyboard virtuosity by world class pianist Rebecca Bogart will get your toes a tappin'.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Impromptu in C Minor, Op. 6
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2. Three Piano Pieces Op. 41, No. 2: Birthday Impromptu
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3. Three Piano Pieces Op. 41, No. 3: Fuga Giocosa
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4. Four Sketches, Op. 15: III. Dreaming
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5. Roman Sketches, Op. 7, No. 3: The Fountain of Acqua Paolo
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6. Country Sketches, Op. 9 Book 2: Night Wind
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7. Valse Brilliante, Op. 20
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8. Silks and Rags Waltzes
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9. In the Bottoms (Suite Caractéristique) No. 5: Juba Dance
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10. Pineapple Rag
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11. Solace
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12. Wall Street Rag
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13. Promenade
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14. Strike Up the Band
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15. The Man I Love
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16. Fascinatin' Rhythm
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17. 's Wonderful
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18. I Got Rhythm
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19. Rodeo: Saturday Night Waltz
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20. Rodeo: Hoe-Down
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21. Dizzy Fingers
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22. Boogie Woogie Etude
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Album Notes
This CD explores American solo piano music: optimistic, energetic, and full of easy confidence and dance rhythms.

It begins with a bravura piece by Richard Hoffman (1831-1909) who was Jenny Lind's accompanist on her famous US tour arranged by PT Barnum. Hoffman later became an important figure in the New York musical scene. Next are two works by John Knowles Paine (1839-1906) who was instrumental in creating the first University department of music in the US at Harvard. Amy Beach is represented by her lyrical masterpiece "Dreaming". Debussy and Ravel influenced Charles Griffes (884-1920); while Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953), grandson of famous hymn writer Lowell Mason, composes more in the style of Rachmaninoff in "Night Wind". Manna Zucca (1885-1981) is the second woman composer on the disk; her "Valse Brilliante" is very much in the style of Godowsky.

Next, we hear several examples of African American music. Fred Stone's (1873-1912) "Silks and Rags" is a delightful ragtime waltz that begins with a tango. Nathaniel Dett's (1882-1943) "Juba Dance" is a catchy depiction of fiddling by the rivers of the South, and Scott Joplin's rags (1868-1917) are American classics.

George Gershwin (1898-1937) consciously integrated many aspects of African-American music into his work. Ms. Bogart performs five delightful arrangements by Gershwin of his songs and one excerpt from "Shall We Dance", the "Promenade".

Aaron Copland (1900-1990) captured the spirit of the American West in his ballet Rodeo, and transcribed much of it for solo piano. The "Saturday Night Waltz" is lyrical and tender, and the "Hoe-Down" is a well-known, toe tapping evocation of a country fiddling and dancing.

Zez Confrey (1895-1971) was a contemporary of George Gershwin, and his "novelty" style was a transition from ragtime to more modern jazz. "Dizzy Fingers" is delightful and good humored.

Morton Gould (1913-1996) combines the rhythmic drive of boogie-woogie with technical virtuosity and tongue planted firmly in cheek in the "Boogie Woogie Etude".


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Sandra H.

I just listened to Rebecca Bogart's American Retrospective CD, and it is wonderful!!!! Some songs are very familiar while others are not. However, every song is played beautifully. Thank you for this CD; it is on my iPod, and I absolutely cannot be without it.


Makes a great holiday gift!
What beautiful playing -- I'm giving several as presents this year! Hear the influence of a growing country on emerging composers -- the Gershwin is delightful!

Denny W.

Constant Companion
American Retrospective is my constant companion on my drive to dental school. Thanks, Rebecca!

George Kopf

Great ragtime music!
I was fortunate enough to buy this album from Rebecca several years ago. Wow. Just great interpretations of American classical and rags. Just fun, well performed, well recorded music. I have listened to this album many, many times and I love it!

Valerie Andrews

One of the most gifted and intellectually adventurous pianists of our generation
I have heard this artist play over the years, everything from blissful Rachmaninoff Preludes to labyrinthine passages by Liszt, with a dazzling technique, and a spirit that was equal to the music. This new album is exhilarating, and a testament to the fact that some of our best artists are yet to be discovered and as widely acclaimed as they deserve. This is playing with a keen sensitivity and intelligence and a program with freshness, wit, panache and
wonderful coherence. Not to be missed.


I just got your CD, American Retrospective. Wow! I sure enjoyed it. I loaded it on my iPod so I could listen to it in the car and at school. As they say, "You got great chops!"


When you need a lift.....
PS I have selections from your album on my computer whenever I need a lift and a sense of amazement at what can be done with a keyboard......


like listening to Martin Luther King speak
Thank you for the wonderful gift of your CD "American Retrospective". I've beenlistening to it all day and feel decidedly uplifted- it's like listening to Martin Luther King speak.

Gary Rinehart

Delightful. Artistry with a historical perpective.
American Perspective by Rebecca Bogart was a great find. As a pianist, I was acquainted with some, but not all, of the pieces Rebecca so carefully selected. Outstanding is her technique, artistry, and above all, her expressive interpretation. Rebecca is an artist with much to offer. American Perspective by Rebecca Bogart is high on my list of recommended recordings.

Gary Rinehart

American Retropective-correction
I just reviewed what I wrote this morning. I mistakenly called Rebecca's great CD "American Perspective". Of course it's "American Retrospective". Please correct and don't let people know that I make such mistakes.Gary
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