Amy Beach: fire-flies

Joanne Polk recorded the complete solo piano music of Amy March Cheney Beach (1867-1944) in three highly acclaimed CDs.

Volume 3: fireflies, the final volume of Polk’s excursion into Beach’s solo piano music, includes Beach’s Four Sketches Op. 15, four charming character pieces, the third of which is the lovely “Dreaming,” and last of which is the title of the CD, a virtuosic and challenging exercise in double thirds flying all over the piano.