Thursday, February 5, 2015

'Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still,' by Pianist Denver Oldham on Koch International Classics, has been reissued by ArkivMusic

Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still
Denver Oldham, Piano
(Cover Art: Jim Schmidt)
Koch International Classics 3-7084-2H1 (1991) (73:00)

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,

Piano works of William Grant Still have been recorded by a number of fine artists, including Monica Gaylord, Althea Waites, Mark Boozer and Seta Karakashian.  The program which has the most works in common with the Denver Oldham recording is that of Mark Boozer, Naxos 8.559210 (2005), but there are differences in their repertoires.  The Oldham recording has long been out of print.

On January 20, 2015 an ArkivCD Reissue Alert announced the reissue of Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still by ArkivMusic: 

Africa - Piano Music of William Grant Still / Denver Oldham

Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7084   Spars Code: DDD
Composer:  William Grant Still
Performer: Denver Oldham
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

Review (Excerpt)
Denver Oldham plays lovingly, with a sensitive touch and a beautiful feel for the relaxation inherent in many of these pieces. This is music which cannot be rushed, and Oldham is always patient with it. Koch has captured his Steinway effectively; it sounds full and yet intimate throughout. This disc is a lovely tribute to a memorable composer. 

-- James H. North, FANFARE [7/1992]

Koch International Classics
1. Bells (1944) (8:10) 

2. Seven Traceries (1939) (17:42) 

3. Blues From "Lenox Avenue" (1936) (3:03)

4. Swanee River (1939) (2:05)

5. Five Preludes (1962) (12:14)

6. Summerland From "Three Visions" (1936) (3:46)

7. Africa (1928) (25:53)

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