MUSIC of ALEXANDER SCRIABIN. John Bell Young, pianist

Scriabin: Waltz in A flat
Scriabin: Fragilite (from "Prisms", Americus Records)
Scriabin: Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9 No. 2
Scriabin: Prelude Op. 35, No.2 (played in concert)
Scriabin: Impromptu Op 14.No.2 (played in concert)
Scriabin: Nuances (from "Prisms", Americus Records)
Scriabin: Mazurka Op.40 No. 1
Scriabin: Mazurka Op.40 No. 2
Scriabin: Poeme Op. 59 No. 1
Scriabin: Poeme Op. 69 No.1
Scriabin: Poeme Op. 69 No.2
Scriabin: Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 White Mass (in concert, New York 1992)
Scriabin: Sonata No.5, Op. 53 (from "Prisms", Americus Records)



Excerpts from ENOCH ARDEN
by Richard Strauss, set to the poem of Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Michael York, narrator; John Bell Young, pianist. Americus Records.


Strauss-Tennyson: Enoch Arden Excerpt 1
Strauss-Tennyson: Enoch Arden Excerpt 2
Strauss-Tennyson: Enoch Arden Excerpt 3



MUSIC of CHOPIN. Played in concert by John Bell Young, pianist

Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61
Chopin: Waltz in A minor, Op. 34 No. 2
Chopin: Grand Waltz in A Flat
Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No 1 (in concert, Toronto 1971)
Chopin: Mazurka Op. 6 No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 15 No.2
Chopin: Scherzo from Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (played in concert)
Chopin: Finale Presto non tanto from Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58(in concert, Dalien, China. 1978)
Chopin: Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20



MUSIC of HUGH DOWNS. John Bell Young, pianist.
From "Prisms" Americus Records


Hugh Downs: An Old Familiar Air which has its Own Tuxedo and Will Travel (from "Prisms",Americus Records)



MUSIC of THERESA DE ROGATIS. John Bell Young, pianist

Theresa de Rogatis: Feuillet d'album (in concert)



MUSIC of MICHEL BLOCK. John Bell Young, pianist

Michel Block: Dis Moi, from Un Beau Jour
Michel Block: Viens..., from Un Beau Jour
Michel Block: L'heure revee, from Un Beau Jour



MUSIC of OLIVIER MESSIAEN. John Bell Young, pianist.

Olivier Messiaen: Noel, from Vingt Regards de l'Enfant Jesus (in concert)



MUSIC of LISZT. Played in concert by John Bell Young, pianist

Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (played in concert)
Liszt: Les Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'este (played in concert)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1 (played in concert)
Liszt: Sonata in B minor (played in concert)
Liszt Sonata in B minor (in concert, 1972)
Liszt Sonata in B minor (in concert, 1972)
Verdi-Liszt: Rigoletto Paraphrase (played in concert)
Liszt: Ballade in B minor No. 1 (played in concert)



MUSIC of MAHLER. John Bell Young, pianist

Mahler: Adagietto. Transcription for piano by John Bell Young (in concert)
Mahler: Nun seh ich wohl (from Kindertotenlieder) Transcription for piano (in concert)



MUSIC of RICHARD WAGNER, transcribed by Franz Liszt.
John Bell Young, pianist


WAGNER-LISZT: Liebestod (played in concert)



MUSIC of FEDERICO GARCIA-LORCA: FOUR SPANISH SONGS.
John Bell Young, pianist; Crystal Cottar-Baden, soprano


Federico Garcia-Lorca: Las tres hojas
Federico Garcia-Lorca: Nana de Sevilla
Federico Garcia-Lorca: Las Morillas de Jaen
Federico Garcia-Lorca: Zorongo gitano



MUSIC of FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. John Bell Young, pianist
And in the chamber music with assisting artists Constance Keene and Thomas Coote, piano; John Aler, tenor; Nicholas Eanet, violin


Nietzsche: Einleitung (Introduction)
Nietzsche: Unendlich (Infinity) Transcribed by John Bell Young from the original song
Nietzsche: Unendlich (Infinity) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano
Nietzsche: Hymn to Friendship - Prologue, Festival of Friends at the Temple of Friendship
Nietzsche: Prayer to Life (Gebet an das Leben) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano.
Nietzsche: A Brook Goes By (Da Geht ein Bach) Transcribed by John Bell Young from the original song
Nietzsche: A Brook Goes By (Da Geht ein Bach) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano
Nietzsche: Echoes of New Year's Eve (Nachklang einer Sylvesternacht), with Processional Song, Peasant Dacnce and the Pealing of Bells. For Piano Four Hands. John Bell Young and Constance Keene
Nietzsche: New Year's Eve (Eine Sylvesternacht). Nicholas Eanet, violin; John Bell Young, piano.
Nietzsche: Manfred Meditation (after Byron) Piano four-hands. John Bell Young and Thomas Coote
Nietzsche: Serenade (Standchen) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano
Nietzsche: From Days of Youth (Aus der Jugendzeit) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano
Nietzsche: My Place by the Door (Mein Platz vor der Tur) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano
Nietzsche: The Young Fisherwoman (Junge Fischerin) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano
Nietzsche: Invocation (Beschworung) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano
Nietzsche: Glad and Gladder (Gern und Gerner) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano
Nietzsche: Just as Grapevines Sway (Wie sich Rebenranken schwingen) John Aler, tenor; John Bell Young, piano



MUSIC of ROBERT SCHUMANN. John Bell Young, pianist

Schumann: Humoresque, op. 20 (played in concert)
Schumann: Traumerei (played in concert)



MUSIC of SERGEI RACHMANINOFF. John Bell Young, pianist

Rachmaninoff: Prelude in D major (in concert)



LONDONDERRY AIR, transcribed by STEPHEN HOUGH. John Bell Young, pianist

LONDONDERRY AIR, transcribed by Stephen Hough (recorded at Jordan Hall, Boston)



VIDEOS
JOHN BELL YOUNG IN CONCERT


Scriabin Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 (in concert, Riga Philharmonic Hall, Latvia)
Scriabin: Etude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8 No.12(in concert at Riga Philharmonic, Latvia)
Scriabin: Etude in D sharp minor,Op. 8 No. 12 (in concert, Scriabin Museum, Moscow)
Scriabin: Poeme Op. 32 No. 2 (in concert)
Debussy: L'isle Joyeuse (in concert, New York)
Debussy: Poissons d'or from Images Bk.II (in concert New York)
Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60 (in concert, Bradenton, Florida)
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Mvt. 1 Allegro Maestoso, close up of hands
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Mvt. 2 Scherzo
Grieg: Melancholy (in concert)
Schumann: Arabesque (from television broadcast of Sweet Summer Concert, Amsterdam 1977)
Schumann: Sonata in F-sharp, Introduction
Schumann: Humoresque, op. 20 (excerpt,close-up of hands)
Schumann: Humoresque, op. 20 (Finale, close-up of hands)
Liszt: Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto
Liszt:Mephisto Waltz (in concert New York, 1971)
Liszt: Sonata in B minor (in concert New Jersey, 1971)
Liszt: Sonata in B minor (in concert New Jersey, 1971)
Liszt: Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este (in concert New York)
Liszt: Invocation (in concert New York )
Londonderry Air, arr. by Stephen Hough (played at memorial serivce for Robert Helps, Tampa, Florida)
Wagner-Liszt Liebestod (in concert)



A CURIOUS ENCORE: TWO SONGS OF NOEL COWARD

This needs some explanation. A few years ago I served on the jury, alongside Vladimir Viardo and others, of the International Russian Music Competition in San Jose, California. Upon its conclusion, the jury threw a party for winners, the competitors, and the public. Each of the jurors played something, including a few light-hearted duets by Gottschalk and obscure Russian composers. As a longtime devotee of the plays and music of Noel Coward, I thought this would be the ideal time for an indulgent experiment that I had often contemplated, but never acted upon. Indeed, several of my friends had remarked how similar I sounded to Coward on those rare occassions when I would demonstrate my shameless affinity for that vanished era of light music, and of Coward's elegant, art-deco style of singing in particular. And so I resolved, quite spontaneously and without preparation, to sing and accompany myself in a couple of the songs of that great, theatrical genius, the first time I had ever done so in public. I was grateful that the surprised audience, which certainly expected me to play Scriabin or Chopin, welcomed this effort as enthusiastically as it did. Here then is my first and only, and most likely last public excursion into the world of theater music. These are two of my favorite Coward songs, World Weary and Matelot.

Two Songs by Sir Noel Coward: World Weary and Matelot To see and hear an all-too-brief video clip of Coward himself singing please visit the website of the
Noel Coward Society.