Chanson Orientale

Peter Kairoff, piano

If “classical” audiences absolutely must have the constant comfort of their Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Saint-Saens, at the very least we might stir into their diets the sounds of the American composers who employed a similar vocabulary. Largely forgotten, the piano music of George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931) isn’t likely to ruffle any programs. His Chanson Orientale is a little gem of a piece offering an American take on the 19th century European fad of penning “exotic” classical works.

—MS

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