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ARS NOSTRA

But now the night

Sang-Hie Lee, piano

Martha Thomas, piano

Kyoung Cho, soprano

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

Pianist Sang-Hie Lee performs original works written for two pianos, by internationally recognized composers Gerald Chenoweth, Eun-Hye Park, Lewis Nielson, Daniel Perlongo, and Paul Reller, in ARS NOSTRA: BUT NOW THE NIGHT. Along with collaborating pianist Martha Thomas, the pieces showcase the instrument as a “super piano”, unveiling textures and new combinations of sounds not accessible with a soloist.

 

Aber Jetzt Die Nacht by Lewis Nielson, begins by contrasting a distinct motive against outbursts of relatively abstract, dissonant music. About halfway through, the work reveals its true structural goal of exploring the extremes of a piano’s color. This new direction is signaled by two glissandi, initiating the appearance of many more dramatic and unusual piano sounds, including knocking of the instrument’s case and playing touch harmonics inside the piano.

 

Sonata For Two Pianos by Paul Reller, contains four major sections shaped by continuous notes moving from different rhythms, from rock and roll to jazz, flowing
fast-slowest-fastest-slow, which can be seen as a microcosm of a classical four-movement sonata.  Influences of Ives and McDowell blend with classic balance and symmetry, creating leaps and chaotic dissonances alongside moments of exotic harmonies and calmer melodies.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

The works on this album were preceded by a series of recitals at the Steinway Hall in New York City, World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, International Society for Music Education in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Concert Hall of the University of South Florida, and the Performing Arts Center of the University of Georgia

 

A musician and scholar, Sang-Hie Lee is the founder of Ars Nostra, an artistic concept that promotes new music by colleagues and contemporaries.  She is currently Professor of Music at the University of South Florida, and has published 50 articles and abstracts in research journals and international conference proceedings

 

Music for two pianos as a genre has gained reputation and momentum among composers and performers in the academic piano world.  Piano Duo is a relatively new phenomenon that began in the late Romantic period

 

The Piano Duo project began in 2008 with composers Paul Reller, Eun-Hye Park, Gerald Chenoweth and pianist Min Kwon. Composers Lewis Nielson, Daniel Perlongo and pianist Martha Thomas later joined the project

 

ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

TO KEEP THE DARK AWAY

Liszt | Prokofiev | Shatin

 

Gayle Martin, Piano

Release Date: October 14, 2016

Catalog #: RR7945

 

 

TRACK LISTING

 

Sang-Hie Lee and Martha Thomas piano duo

 

Eun-Hye Park

1 CHERA IN NAIN (A Widow in Nain) (2009)

Kyoung Cho, narrator

 

Lewis Nielson

2 ...ABER JETZT DIE NACHT... (2013)

 

Gerald Chenoweth

3 CELESTIAL PHENOMENA (2008)

Big Bang

Starshine

Black Hole

Night Sky - Dawn

 

Paul Reller

4 SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS (2008)

Moder

ato con moto

Meno mosso

Allegro

 

Daniel Perlongo

5 WINDHOVER FOR PIANO DUO (2009)

Intro

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Trio cantabile

 

CREDITS

 

Recorded live performance on March 20, 2016 at the University of

South Florida Concert Hall in Tampa FL

 

Recording Engineer & Mastering by

John Zumwalt Stephen of Springs Theatre in Tampa FL

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Alex Bourne

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Production Engineer Nate Hunter, Lucas Paquette

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Mike Mahn

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