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Diane Walsh, Schubert Sonatas, 2
Diane Walsh - JDR1009
Complete Schubert Sonatas, Vol. 2

Sonata in A minor, Op. 143, D. 784
Sonata in B-flat major, Op. Posth., D. 960

The latest recording by celebrated pianist Diane Walsh, the second disc of a projected five-cd series of the complete piano sonatas of Franz Schubert, has just been released by Jonathan Digital Recordings, Ltd. The present disc contains the Sonata in A minor, D. 784 (Op. 143) and the Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 (Op. Posth.). Franz Schubert wrote twenty-three piano sonatas in his short lifetime. Although some of them are juvenilia, or were left incomplete, the eleven mature sonatas deemed the most important in his oeuvre are among the glories of the piano repertoire.

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Diane Walsh, Schubert Sonatas
Diane Walsh - JDR1008
Complete Schubert Sonatas, Vol. 1

Sonata in A minor, Op. 42, D. 845
Sonata in D major, Op. 53, D. 850

This first disc of a projected five-cd series of the complete piano sonatas of Franz Schubert contains the Sonata in A minor, D. 845 (Op. 42) and the Sonata in D major, D. 850 (Op. 53).

Diane Walsh is a pianist of great depth, and she has been widely praised by critics in the United States and abroad for her sensitivity, insight and technique. Her career was launched after winning the top prizes at both the Munich ARD International Piano Competition and the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, and she has always been drawn to the Viennese classics. Her training was at the Juilliard School, where she worked with Irwin Freundlich. Freundlich’s teacher was the Scottish pianist James Friskin (1886-1967), a link to a nineteenth-century European tradition of piano performance. (Friskin’s own teacher, Edward Dannreuter, studied with Ignaz Moscheles, who was a student of Beethoven.)

Walsh studied both of the sonatas on this disc with Freundlich when she was a Juilliard student. For this recording, she used as her source the Breitkopf and Härtel critical edition scores, which were published in Leipzig between 1884-1897 under the editorship of Johannes Brahms and others. Ms. Walsh feels that the scholarship of Brahms and his colleagues, just sixty years after the death of Schubert, is closer to the source.

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Diane Walsh, 33 Variations
Diane Walsh - JDR1006
33 Variations

Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120.
Sonata in F-sharp major, Op. 78

The August 2007 release of “33 Variations”, the celebrated American pianist Diane Walsh’s recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 and Sonata in F-sharp major, Op. 78, coincided with her appearance in 33 Variations, a play about Ludwig van Beethoven and his obsession with a “little waltz” by Anton Diabelli. This compelling drama by award-winning playwright and director Moisés Kaufman (I Am My Own Wife, The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde) had two productions last season: at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Ms. Walsh, who performed the variations on stage as the play unfolds, has been fascinated by them since her student days at The Juilliard School.

“The Diabelli has always intrigued me more than any other set of variations,” Diane Walsh writes in the essay accompanying the CD. “Even the august Goldberg has not attracted me as much as this “gigantic cycle of bagatelles”, as Beethoven biographer Maynard Solomon called them. These pieces, many of them only a minute or so in length, show the full range of Beethoven’s difficult and complex character: his rough humor, his impatience, his rages and abrupt mood changes, his delight in parody and practical jokes, his gift for the simple, the pastoral, and the sublime characteristics that surface dramatically in Mr. Kaufman’s play.”

“Fresh, rewarding performances, beautifully recorded. More please!”
Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News. Nov. 3, 2007

“A most rewarding disc.”
Charles Timbrell, Fanfare Magazine Jan/Feb 2008

“A choice recording.”
Alan Becker, American Record Guide Jan/Feb 2008

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Nordic Voices, Sense & nonSense
Nordic Voices - JDR1005
Sense & nonSense

Otherworldly . . . Breathtaking . . . Pure . . . These words describe the singing of Nordic Voices, a six-voice a capella ensemble and one of Norway’s favorite groups. Sense & nonSense presents one of the ensemble’s several concept programs and explores in a sophisticated but playful way the use of text in music from abstract phonemes to pictorial storytelling. This new CD ranges from the medieval to modernist with works by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Stenhammar, Poulenc, Petrassi, Ligeti and Hellstenius, and highlights the vast performance register of the ensemble. The voices combine in a seemingly effortless way with amazing balance and precision. Just as the group members blend their individual voices into dissonant but strikingly beautiful harmonies, they weave such disparate works into a cohesive whole and somehow make it all make ‘Sense’.

“Every soloist had an exceptional voice, and they all combined to make the perfect instrument. The singing was excellent, sharp as a knife and the balance was beyond reproach.”
Morgunbladid, Reykjavik, Iceland June 6, 2001

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Christopher Taylor, Franz Liszt, Twelve Transcendental Etudes
Christopher Taylor, piano - LD005
Franz Liszt
Etudes d’exécution transcendante
Twelve Transcendental Etudes

This has been a great season for pianists, and we haven’t heard Dubravka Tomsic, Murry Perahia, or Robert Levin yet. Still, the blazing performance of Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jesus by Christopher Taylor in the Gardner Museum is likely to stand as a point of reference for many seasons to come.

Taylor’s latest CD has just appeared, another colossus of the repertory, Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes on a new Denver label called Liszt Digital. Taylor devours these pieces but he also savors them; as in the Messiaen, Taylor is as attentive to detail as he is to sweep. If he gives Mazeppa a wild ride, he is also sensitive in Paysage and Ricordanza. No pianist of past or present can claim to be uniformly effective in all twelve of the pieces; Feux Follets (‘Fireflies’) lacks lightness and flicker. But there is genuine exaltation in Taylor’s delivery of Harmonies du soir. The recorded sound is spectacular, and there is an endearing photo in the booklet of Taylor toweling off after his superhuman effort in the recording sessions.
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe, May 4, 2003

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Christopher Taylor, Live at The Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts DVD
Christopher Taylor - DVD
Live at The Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts
Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus

“But at the end, after sitting through music demanding serious concentration, people were walking out literally in tears, barely able to speak. Piano professors were wide-eyed in amazement.”
Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell, September 25, 2008

“...after two hours at the keyboard, Taylor had become a wild man in the thrall of a great vision, seemingly possessed of superhuman powers. Clearly forces beyond the normal were at play.”
Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed, July 11, 2008

“It is doubtful that many of us who heard Taylor’s transcendent traversal of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus for Cal Performances can imagine another pianist making an equal impact in such challenging music...”
San Francisco Classical Voice, Jason Victor Serinus, January 27, 2008

“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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Christopher Taylor, William Bolcom and Derek Bermel CD
Christopher Taylor, piano - JDR1001
Works of William Bolcom and Derek Bermel

Christopher Taylor´s recording of works by William Bolcom and Derek Bermel, serves as a statement by Christopher Taylor of his deep interest in music of his time. Indeed, Christopher performed Olivier Messiaen´s complete Vingt regards sur l´Enfant-Jésus at Columbia University´s Miller Theatre on February 3, 2001. JDR looks forward to releasing a recorded version of this remarkable Messiaen work as played by Christopher in the near future.

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Gary Schocker, Airborne CD
Gary Schocker, flute - JDR1002
The music of composer/flutist Gary Schocker with guests

Composer/flutist Gary Schocker´s Airborne is a CD representing both a fine composer and a brilliant flutist. The Philadelphia Inquirer says of Gary Schocker, ``What sets his performance apart from others is the directness of the playing ... Schocker uses the flute to communicate his own enthusiasm and considerable insights.´´

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Regrets and Resolutions
Gary Schocker, flute - JDR1004
Regrets and Resolutions

Regrets and Resolutions is a CD which takes its title from one of Gary Schocker´s compositions, extending the long line of works by composer/flutist performers - Boehm, Kuhlau, Gaubert and Taffanel among them - into later 20th-century techniques and a jazz influenced style.

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Israel Camerata Jerusalem on Tour CD
Israel Camerata Jerusalem on Tour - JDR1003
Works of Elgar, Beethoven and Haydn
Avner Biron, conductor
Ilya Itin, pianist

The Israel Camerata Jerusalem on Tour. The remarkable pianist Ilya Itin, first prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition collaborates here with one of the great chamber orchestras performing today in a most lyrical and definitive rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto. With Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and the Symphony No 78 in C-minor by Haydn this CD is completed most remarkably.

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