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ORQUESTANGO


featuring the Binelli-Ferman Duo,
a unique bandoneon/piano partnership, performing tango, milonga and candombe with the Montevideo Philharmonic.

Program
1. A Fuego Lento- Horacio Salgan
2. Milonga Casi Candombe - Horacio Salgan
3. A Don Agustín Bardi- Horacio Salgan
4. Preludio y Candombe - Daniel Binelli
5. Metrópolis - Daniel Binelli
6. Imágenes de Buenos Aires - Daniel Binelli
7. Oblivión - Astor Piazzolla
8. Tres Tangos Sinfónicos- Astor Piazzolla
9. Alfonsina y el Mar - Ariel Ramires
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SUMMER MELODIES

A PIANO ALBUM
By JUDITH LANG ZAIMONT
Composer and Pianist

Visit Judith Zaimont's website at http://www.jzaimont.com.

Program
Suite Impressions
Evening
From the Calendar Collection
Two Piano Rags
Nocturne
Snazzy Sonata - An Entertainment for Two (for one piano, 4-hands)


The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"Zaimont expresses an innate musicality that is made especially appealing by a sincere and joyous spirit. This is refreshingly uncomplicated , easy to enjoy music..."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"The piano music of Judith Zaimont is distinctly American and unapologetically nostalgic...the title is warmly apt..."



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TANGOS PRÉLUDES ÉTUDES

Cesar Vuksic, Piano

Visit Cesar Vuksic's website at http://www.tangomusic.com.

Program

Lo Que Vendrá and Invierno Porten - Astor Piazzolla
Don Agustin Bardi - Horacio Salgán
Responso - Anibal Troilo
Atentamente and Asonante - Pedro Belisario Pérez
Ten Preludes - Debussy
  • Les Collines d'Anacapri,
  • Voiles, La Danse de Puck,
  • La Cathédrale Engloutie,
  • Minstrels,
  • Ondine,
  • La Puerta del Vino,
  • Les Fées Sont d'Exquises Danseuses,
  • La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin,
  • Feux d'Artifice
Two Etudes - Chopin
  • Op. 10, no. 12 in c minor (Revolutionary)
  • Op. 25, no. 7 in c sharp minor

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THE TWISTED PINE BRANCH

Music by Pianist/Composer Haskell Small
and guests, including Gerard Reuter oboe
Philip Meyers French horn
Judith Nicosia, Soprano

Visit Haskell Small's website at http://www.jamesarts.com/h-small.

Program

  • Tweet for Two for two oboes
  • Six Miniatures for bassoon and piano
  • Fugue and Postlude for flute, bassoon and piano
  • Twelve Snippets for flute, clarinet, cello and piano
  • Suite for Strings and Piano Concertante
  • Short Story for flute, oboe, clarinet, cello and piano
  • The Twisted Pine Branch for soprano, French horn and piano
  • Suite for Solo Cello


The Critics Say:
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"The Suite for Solo Cello...is an enthralling study that "filters the dance suite of Bach through Shostakovich, Kodaly, jazz and perhaps even the mid-20th Century rediscovery of the baroque". It is a true pleasure to hear (cellist Ignacio) Alcover play."
"Short Story is...(a) highly expressive work (that is) quite intense, even demonic some of the time, and cast in a freely chromatic language. The Twisted Pine Branch is Small's contribution to the fertile literature for sporano, horn and piano...(and) is given a powerful reading by soprano Judith Nicosia, New York Philharmonic horn player Philip Meyers and the composer."
"Twelve Snippets - Small's collection lasts a total of 2:46, and its component parts are delectable little bon-bons."




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A GLASS OF PAINT

Piano Music Written and Performed by Steve Margoshes

Visit Steve Margoshes' website at http://www.stevemargoshes.com.

Program




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J.S. BACH - GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
HASKELL SMALL - 25 PRELUDES


Pianist/Composer Haskell Small

Visit Haskell Small's website at http://www.jamesarts.com/h-small.

Program

  • Goldberg Variations - J.S. Bach
    Aria, 30 Variations and Aria da capo
    Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12
  • 25 Preludes - Haskell Small
    Tracks 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Read a review from England's MusicWeb here and here. Read a review from England's Music & Vision Daily here. Read Review from Roberta on the Arts here.

Read New Reviews of Haskell Small's Symphony for Solo Piano CD Here and Goldberg Variations/25 Preludes Here

The Critics Say:
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Small's reading of the Goldbergs sounds beautiful...Small's own preludes are delicate and deft works with a gentle and refreshing command of a harmony built from extended triads. The great assets of Small's own pianism - among them, unerring taste and clarity - serve the music very well."


INDEPENDENT REVIEWER, DONALD SATZ
"Haskell Small - Pianist and composer, Small has a cult following along the East Coast of the United States. Judging from this disc, his following should be much more extensive. Small is an exceptional pianist of the highest order, and his compositions are always stimulating and easy to absorb."


"(The Goldberg Variations)...Fantastic sonorities, graceful playing to die for, and superb voice interaction more than offset any concerns. Best of all, I've never heard a more lyrical account of the work."

"25 Preludes - Highly interesting and varied music. It would be easy to say that these pieces are either other-worldly with notes evaporating into the universe or they are jazz-like with some ragtime and boogie-woogie elements. However, Small often blends these features together in the same variation. I have listened to this work many times, and its allure has not lost its shine in the least."

"Don's Conclusions - Highly recommended to all keyboard enthusiasts. The disc might be a little difficult to find, but the search is well worth the time."

AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
"Mr. Small sports a fine technique, and he handles the Goldberg's with aplomb and digital finesse. He keeps the repeats minimal, which allows him to complement Bach with own preludes from 1985. Small has no problem executing the virtuoso aspects of the writing nor articulating the varied lines of the canons at the ever-increasing intervals at the third of each thematic group. That Small appreciates the artful complexity of Bachıs work is evidenced by his own liner notes and his intelligent, lucid playing."


"I find the writing idiomatic and attractive...This is a smart musician playing smart music..."

THE WASHINGTON POST, Joseph McLellan
"It takes a certain. . . let's call it self-confidence. . . for a composer-performer to to put his own work next to that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Washington musician Haskell Small has such confidence and, remarkably, this well-filled disc shows that he is justified. His Bach may not make you throw away your Glenn Gould version, but it is clean and bright, played with exemplary technique, poised musicianship and a clear sense of the distinctive qualities in each variation His own miniature preludes sometimes call Bach to mind with dotted rhythms and touches of counterpoint, but many are uncompromisingly modern with jazz flavors, impressionistic nuances, crashing Rachmaninovian chords, virtuoso display and hints of dissonance. This disc is a delight from beginning to end, Small as well as Bach."




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ELODIE LAUTEN

PIANO SOUNDTRACKS
By ELODIE LAUTEN
Composer and Pianist

Visit Elodie Lauten on the web at http://www.ElodieLauten.net.

Program

Variations on the Orange Cycle
Crossroads
Sonate Ordinaire


The Critics Say:
NEWMUSICBOX
"Lauten has plenty of large-scale compositions on her resume, but there is much to be said for looking to the intimate and often confessional quality of solo work performed by the composer, when it's available, for a more complete vision of the artist. The stress of caring for her ill mother in Paris (during which (Crossroads) was developed) seems to have poured itself quite directly into this composition, an uneasy waterfall of notes which, poetically enough, includes reference to an old nursery rhyme. Lauten is no stranger to a keyboard, and her performance on this recording showcases that talent."



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