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Diane Walsh

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33 Variations
  Diane Walsh, pianist

Pianist Diane Walsh, whose many awards over a 35-year international career include the top prizes at the Munich International Piano Competition and the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, regularly performs solo recitals, chamber music and concertos worldwide. She has appeared with the radio symphonies of Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin, the American Symphony, and the symphonies of San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Delaware and Syracuse. Her solo recitals include engagements at the Metropolitan Museum, Merkin Concert Hall, the 92nd Street Y and the Miller Theatre in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Dvorak Hall in Prague and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Summer festivals where she has performed include Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bard and the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York, where she was the artistic director from 1999 to 2004. In 2007-2008 she was The Pianist in two productions of 33 Variations, a play about Beethoven by Moisés Kaufman: at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and at La Jolla Playhouse in California. Ms. Walsh has made fourteen other recordings for labels which include Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Stereophile and CRI. She has begun recording the complete Schubert Sonatas for Jonathan Digital Recordings.

Diane Walsh is a Steinway Artist.

“Plenty of romantic sweep and arching lyricism.”
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

“Solid musicianship and white-hot intensity.”
Classik Reviews

“Soulfully romantic, very lovely and deeply expressive... one amazing pianist.”
American Record Guide

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Complete Schubert Sonatas, Vol. 1
3:06   MP3 1,238K   Sonata in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845, Moderato  
2:43   MP3 1,157K   Sonata in D major, Op. 53, D. 850, Allegro vivace  

Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120.   Beethoven
0:46   MP3 347K   Thema Vivace  
1:14   MP3 639K   Var. 7 - Allegro ma non troppo e serioso  
2:56   MP3 1,379K   Var. 24 - Fughetta. Andante  
1:36   MP3 744K   Var. 26  
1:55   MP3 827K   Var. 30 - Andante, sempre cantabile  
2:57   MP3 1,357K   Var. 32 - Largo, molto espressivo  

For more information on Diane Walsh, click here.

 
Nordic Voices

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  Nordic Voices

“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail.
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail...
excerpt from Ligeti’s Lobster Quadrille

In one very obvious component, vocal music is different from instrumental music: it is concerned with language. This special meeting of two forms of expression, words and music, presents a universe of possibilities, and the approach to the use of text in music throughout history and from piece to piece is certainly not fixed and standardized, but ranges from straightforward, dramatic, musical storytelling to combining raw phonemes in an abstract sound-world of semantic meaning.

This ‘sound world’ of voices will be heard by audiences in the U.S. when Nordic Voices embark on their first tour to the western hemisphere in October of 2003 with concerts from Alabama to Maine including Washington and New York.

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Cuckoo in the pear-tree, Ligeti, Nonsense Madrigals 
1:40   MPEG 11.6MB  
I seraillets have, Stenhammar, Tre körvisor 
2:02   MPEG 14.1MB  

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Wilhelm Stenhammar, September from Sense & nonSense
1:54   MP3 899K   WAV 2.4MB  

Goffredo Patrassi, Nonsense 1 from Sense & nonSense
1:10   MP3 555K   WAV 1.4MB  

Francis Poulenc, La Blanche Neige from Sense & nonSense
1:14   MP3 579K   WAV 1.5MB  

For more information on Nordic Voices, click here.


  
Ilya Itin and Israel Camerata Jerusalem

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  Israel Camerata Jerusalem
Ilya Itin
, pianist


Israel Camerata Jerusalem on Tour, represents the commitment of an artists manager to his artists - Ilya Itin and The Israel Camerata. One of the great chamber orchestras performing today collaborates here with the remarkable pianist Ilya Itin, first prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition. This is an especially exciting release. Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto on this CD was recorded in Israel less than two months before the release, and the planning and production of this CD also were coordinated with a subsequent United States tour by Ilya Itin and the The Camerata, which took place in 2001.

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Israel Camerata Jerusalem on Tour
Beethoven Piano Concerto #2, Rondo
0:34   MP3 267K   WAV 735K
6:14   MP3 5,855K  

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Gary Schocker

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  Gary Schocker, flutist

The usual biographical details only hint at the real story about this fascinating and creative performer. Gary Schocker is indeed one of the finest flutists performing today. But he is also a noted pianist and a prolific composer, having written musicals, award-winning works for the clarinet and for the flute, (as well as a wide variety of other material) and a sought after chamber musician.

On his CD Airborne, you can hear why the Washington Post wrote ``Schocker dazzled as few artists can... [he] is one of the best - period.´´ The CD, entirely of Schocker compositions, features his own performances on solo flute, and one discovers why the scores to his compositions sell so rapidly through Theodore Presser (his Publisher).

Gary Schocker´s second CD re-issued on the JDR label, Regrets & Resolutions, is what one might call a performance history of the modern flute - ranging from a work by Theobald Boehm, literally the inventor of the modern flute, through works of Paul Taffanel and Philippe Gaubert who together wrote the ``bible of flute studies´´, and ending with Gary´s own CD-title track, Regrets & Resolutions.

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Musique Françis, café music - from Airborne
0:43   MP3 336K   WAV 923K  
4:12   MP3 4,029K  

Regrets & Resolutions - title track
0:33   MP3 260K   WAV 715K  
7:52   MP3 7,389K  

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Christopher Taylor

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  Christopher Taylor, pianist

The remarkable American pianist Christopher Taylor first performed Olivier Messiaen’s transformative work for solo piano, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus, at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre in February 2001. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini concluded his review with “...his performance was a highlight of the season and already represents an astonishing achievement. And it should only grow deeper as Mr. Taylor lives with the music in the future...” Indeed, Christopher Taylor has lived with the music, and played it across the United States and in Europe.

The DVD now available on this web site is an unedited performance of the work from a December 2003 concert at The Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts in the “east Village” of New York City. In this case “unedited” means that every note and nuance of the performance is as it was played on that cold December night—but many hours of synchronizing a three-camera television shoot were required to bring what one sees to a finely-tuned artistic whole with what one hears. This DVD is a tour de force. Mr. Taylor has lived up to Anthony Tommasini’s prediction in that original Times review that “it should only grow deeper as (he) lives with the music...” He has now lived with it for some seven years, and in this 100th—anniversary year of Olivier Messiaen’s birth (2008) he will perform the work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Cleveland, San Diego (La Jolla), New York, Washington (Library of Congress), Utah’s MOAB Festival, and Chicago to mention but a few musical centers.

As you move to the Order Page of this website you will be treated to a series of quotes drawn from reviews from around the US which will attest to the visionary wisdom of Anthony Tommasini’s words.

Click here to read the Los Angeles Times, July, 2008 review of Christopher Taylor’s performance of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus.

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Regard de l’étoile, Messiaen, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus 
3:05     MPEG 7.4MB  
Regard de l’Eglise d’amour, Messiaen, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus 
12:19     MPEG 28.2MB  

A stunning new recording of William Bolcom´s Pulitzer Prize-winning Twelve New Études (1977-86) features Christopher Taylor, an American pianist who is gaining a cult following for his eagerness to tackle the most daunting modern music. Bolcom´s virtuoso études, a postmodern answer to the nineteenth-century barn burners of Chopin and Liszt, revel in popular styles that range from ragtime to blues to old-timey, Italianate melodrama. They require a pianist of equally nimble intelligence and imagination - not to mention physical endurance - and Taylor is more than up to the challenge. The disk also includes another suite, Turning, by the eclectic young composer Derek Bermel.
The New Yorker

“Christopher Taylor sometimes gave proof of a snarling and impassioned rage, of an engagement rendered possible by a faultless technique. But he also knew how to illustrate, with ample breathing, the most enigmatic portions (as in Regard du temps) those that bestow upon this mystical work an aura of unfathomable mystery.”
Le Temps (Geneva), Rocco Zacheo, July 25, 2006

“In the end this was an evening devoted to the exploration of limits. Most apparent were the almost superhuman control, coordination and concentration of the performer. Also tested were the infinite color, dynamic, and textural possibilities of the grand piano.”
Chicago Tribune, Michael Cameron, August 29, 2003

“You have to have intelligence to be a concert pianist. But the depth of Christopher Taylor's intelligence is intimidating.”
The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, February 6, 2001

“...It was wonderful to hear Taylor play with the inwardness, simplicity, and tenderness that he brought to the quieter movements and moments. In his still-developing combination of intellect, adventurousness, brawn, and open feeling, he has emerged as the leading American pianist of his generation.”
The Boston Globe, Richard Dyer, October 22, 2002

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Franz Liszt, Twelve Transendental Etudes
2:17   MP3 4.6M   Molto vivace, A minor
5:30   MP3 10.5   Carnaval Noir

Works of Bolcom and Bermel
1:04   MP3 1017K   WAV 1335K   Rag Infernal
2:49   MP3 2,657K   Carnaval Noir

For more information on Christopher Taylor, click here.

Click here to find out about Christopher Taylor’s new recording of Franz Liszt’s Twelve Transcendental Etudes on Liszt Digital Recordings!

 

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