Summertime’s diverse programme is centred around Samuel Barber’s ‘Piano Sonata in E-flat minor’ which was performed by Vladimir Horowitz, one of Isata Kanneh-Mason’s great musical influences, at its premiere in 1949.
The album includes a world premiere recording of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘Impromptu No.2 in B Minor’, released 110 years after it was originally published in London, and three of his transcriptions of American spirituals including ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child’, released as the first single today. Coleridge-Taylor was inspired by traditional African-American music and sought to integrate it into the classical tradition in the same way as Brahms did with Hungarian folk music, Dvorak with Bohemian music, and Grieg with Norwegian. Coleridge-Taylor came to England from Sierra Leone, mirroring Isata’s mother’s heritage.
Wild: Summertime (from Grand Fantasy on Porgy & Bess)
Wild: I Got Rhythm (Gershwin) - from Seven Virtuoso Etudes
Barber: Piano Sonata, Op. 26
Gershwin: The Man I Love
Gershwin: Preludes (3)
Beach, A: By the Still Waters, Op. 114
Copland: Scherzo humoristique: Le chat et la souris (The Cat and the Mouse)
Coleridge-Taylor: Impromptu No. 2 in B minor
Coleridge-Taylor: Negro Melodies (24), Op. 59: Deep River
Coleridge-Taylor: Negro Melodies (24), Op. 59: The Bamboula
Coleridge-Taylor: Negro Melodies (24), Op. 59: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)