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America Again

Lara Downes

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1
American Caprice
Morton Gould; Lara Downes
5:03
New York Waltzes  
2
I. Waltz in C
Lou Harrison; Lara Downes
0:46
3
II. Hesitation Waltz
Lou Harrison; Lara Downes
1:08
4
III. Waltz in A
Lou Harrison; Lara Downes
1:19
5
Shenandoah (arr. for Piano)
Traditional; Lara Downes
3:57
6
From Blackbird Hills, Op. 83
Amy Beach; Lara Downes
3:50
24 Negro Melodies, Op. 59  
7
No. 10. Deep River
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; Lara Downes
5:16
Lonesome Roads  
8
Nocturne
Dan Visconti; Lara Downes
1:51
Poems of the Sea  
9
III. At Sea. Allegro vivo (version for Piano)
Ernest Bloch; Lara Downes
4:19
Porgy and Bess  
10
Act II. I Loves You, Porgy (arr. by N. Simone for Piano)
George Gershwin; Nina Simone; Lara Downes
4:19
11
Sueno Recurrente
Angélica Negrón; Lara Downes
2:46
13 Anniversaries  
12
No. 3. For Stephen Sondheim
Leonard Bernstein; Lara Downes
1:22
13
Promise
David Sanford; Lara Downes
2:40
14
Slumber Song
Howard Hanson; Lara Downes
2:34
15
Gladiolus Rag
Scott Joplin; Lara Downes
3:43
The Jazz Singer  
16
Blue Skies (arr. by A. Tatum for Piano)
Art Tatum; Irving Berlin; Lara Downes
3:23
17
Fantasie negre
Florence Beatrice Price; Lara Downes
7:09
18
Blues No. 1 (Sentimental Melody: Slow Dance)
Aaron Copland; Lara Downes
1:35
19
Melancholia
Duke Ellington; Lara Downes
3:01
20
Li'l boy named David
Roy Harris; Lara Downes
3:16
The Wizard of Oz  
21
Over the Rainbow (arr. for Piano)
Anonymous; Harold Arlen; Lara Downes
3:02
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:19
"What defines America? ... pianist Lara Downes has a musical answer ... a smartly programmed, wide-ranging anthology of solo piano works by American composers past and present ... (there are) strong pieces by famous composers like Copland, Bernstein and Ellington, but they're not the usual suspects. Downes' keen music choices and her thoughtful performances evoke a brilliantly curated art exhibit. On display here, with all its regret, hope and pride, is America."
- NPR

On her solo album America Again, pianist Lara Downes draws inspiration from Langston Hughes’s poem Let America Be America Again, featuring music that explores the elusive but essential American dream by composers including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Scott Joplin.

"Today, as I write these words, we are living again in troubled times. For too many Americans, circumstance and skin colour still keep the promise out of reach, the dream deferred. The hard-won rights and long-sought justice for which our parents and grandparents fought are too easily slipping away. The rifts and rivalries that divide us as a nation seem to run deeper than ever. But still, we dreamers keep dreaming our dream. This music is a tribute to the generations of Americans who dream the impossible: black and white, men and women, immigrants and pioneers. It tells the story of their journeys, their loves and longings, their hardships and their hopes. American music is made of everything we are, coming from so many different people and places, expressing so many different dreams."
- Lara Downes
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