MP3 Rorianne Schrade - Homage to Chopin
Classical: Piano music of Chopin, Flagello, and Rachmaninoff
26 MP3 Songs in this album (65:20) !
Related styles: CLASSICAL: Chopin, CLASSICAL: Piano solo
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Notes on the recording, excerpted from the CD''s liner notes
All the works on this recording were either composed by Chopin or inspired by his music. Together (along with a Chopin-Godowsky Etude) they made up a recital Rorianne Schrade performed throughout 2007, including at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City and at the Sevenars Music Festival in Worthington, Massachusetts.
The Twenty-four Preludes by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) need almost no introduction. Composed from about 1838-39, they journey through every key (twelve each in major and minor), and they run the gamut of moods, from rage to “frozen despair” (the words of George Sand), from nostalgia to heavenly release.
Etude, Hommage à Chopin, was composed by admired American composer Nicolas Flagello (1928-1994) at the age of fourteen. A listener can hear in it several references to Chopin’s music, but especially the left hand rhythms and brilliance of Chopin’s Prelude No. 16. It was this “Hommage” that Flagello performed for Rachmaninoff when they first met.
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) developed his monumental Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Op. 22 in 1903 from the seed of Chopin’s somber Prelude No. 20 in C minor. In seemingly unlimited techniques, textures, colors, and moods, Rachmaninoff extracts worlds of music from each note of Chopin’s theme, which, in its final transformation to major, is virtually beatified.
About the Pianist, Rorianne Schrade
“... wit, passion, and grace”
The New Yorker (Talk of the Town feature)
“... a whirlwind unleashed”
Winner of a wide array of prizes, Rorianne has inspired glowing praise from the press, for her passionate recordings and performances (including Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Lincoln Center). Rorianne has been especially noted for brilliant performances of works from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including those of Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Liadov, Liapounoff, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and particularly Balakirev, whose music she recorded for a 1995 release (Centaur CRC 2236). Her most recent CD from 2005 (Piano Transcriptions of Johann Strauss II, CRC 2721) has also received high praise, including from the American Record Guide and the All Music Guide.
Along with solo, concerto, and chamber appearances, Ms. Schrade has performed with the Schrade family pianists at numerous critically acclaimed concerts at Lincoln Center in New York as well as the family founded Sevenars Music Festival in Massachusetts (“one of the best small music festivals in the USA,” Time Magazine).
In addition to her performing and teaching, Rorianne has been on the writing staff of New York Concert Review since 2006. Long before this professional association, this magazine’s esteemed critic, Harris Goldsmith, had praised her for “the nuance and flexibility that had this listener thinking of Rachmaninoff’s own recordings” and for being “a player who embraces the values of a seemingly long-vanished pianistic style.
Rorianne lives with her husband in New York City where she teaches privately (having taught at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division for over a decade). She is a Steinway Artist.