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Isata Kanneh-Mason


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Interview w/ WUOL's Colleen Phelps
Behind the Playlist with Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason
1 Earl Wild: 'Summertime' from Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess (after G. Gershwin)  
2 Earl Wild: 7 Virtuoso Etudes: 1. 'I Got Rhythm (after G. Gershwin)'  
3 Samuel Barber: 'Nocturne, Op. 33'  
4 Samuel Barber: 'Piano Sonata in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26'  
5 I. Allegro energico  
6 II. Allegro vivace e leggero  
7 III. Adagio mesto  
8 IV. Fuga. Allegro con spirito  
9 George Gershwin: 'The Man I Love' (Arr. Grainger)  
10 George Gershwin: '3 Preludes'  
11 1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso  
12 2. Andante con moto e poco rubato  
13 3. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso  
14 Amy Beach: 'By the Still Waters', Op. 114  
15 Copland: 'The Cat and the Mouse'  
16 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: 'Impromptu No. 2 in B Minor'*  
17 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: 'Deep River'  
18 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: 'The Bamboula'  
19 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: 'Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child'  
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Following on from her award-winning, debut album Romance, a portrait of Clara Schumann that landed at the top of the UK Classical Chart on its release in 2019, 25-year-old British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason presents her vibrant second album Summertime, fizzing with her signature virtuosic flair. The album is released on CD and digitally on Decca Classics on 9th July 2021.

Isata says, "I am delighted to be presenting my second solo album Summertime, which features a rich array of pieces from many of my favourite American classical composers. The Barber Piano Sonata forms the anchor around which the rest of the album was developed; I fell in love with the piece the first time I heard it, and it's a real pleasure to have recorded it for Decca. I wanted this album to illustrate the diversity of music in America at that time, and so it was important to me to include the more familiar Gershwin songs, as well as the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor spirituals to which I feel a personal connection."

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