West of the Sun: Fire-flies, Op. 15 #4 by Reference Recordings published on 2012/02/03 14:29:39 +0000 Track: Fire-flies, Op. 15 #4 Composer: Amy Marcy Beach Artist: Joel Fan, piano Album: West of the Sun: Music of the Americas Label: Reference Recordings Joel Fan’s second album for Reference Recordings, further solidifies his reputation for innovative programming and dazzling keyboard technique. Drawing on composers from North and South America, Fan makes brilliant work of major sonatas by Ginastera and Barber, along with “entertainments” by Gottschalk, Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos. Of particular interest are two little-known works by Amy Beach and the African-American composer Margaret Bonds. Another highlight is the world premiere recording of a recent suite by William Bolcom! Any piano enthusiast will enjoy this wide-ranging recital, recorded at Skywalker Sound by RR’s renowned technical guru, “Prof.” Keith O. Johnson.