Juan Pérez Floristán, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Cheng Zhang & Bertrand Chamayou

Ruhr Piano Festival Edition Vol. 29

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085532735
Catnr: AVI 8553273
Release date: 26 April 2013
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CAvi
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4260085532735
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AVI 8553273
Release date
26 April 2013
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Artist(s)

Ya-Fei Chuang

Ya-Fei Chuang made her first television appearance in her native Taiwan at the age of eight. The bursary of scholarships from several prestigious foundations, Ms. Chang moved to Germany to study at the conservatories of Freiburg and Cologne. In Cologne she won the conservatory’s International Piano Competition when she was eighteen. Later she relocated in the US and concluded her studies at New England Conservatory in Boston. Ya-Fei Chuang now gives masterclasses in the US, Europe and Asia – for instance at Tanglewood Music Festival and at the Salzburg Mozarteum International Summer Academy. She has performed at all the major festivals and concertizes with the most renowned orchestras worldwide. A great number of CD recordings demonstrate her virtuosity, paired with...
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Ya-Fei Chuang made her first television appearance in her native Taiwan at the age of eight. The bursary of scholarships from several prestigious foundations, Ms. Chang moved to Germany to study at the conservatories of Freiburg and Cologne. In Cologne she won the conservatory’s International Piano Competition when she was eighteen. Later she relocated in the US and concluded her studies at New England Conservatory in Boston. Ya-Fei Chuang now gives masterclasses in the US, Europe and Asia – for instance at Tanglewood Music Festival and at the Salzburg Mozarteum International Summer Academy. She has performed at all the major festivals and concertizes with the most renowned orchestras worldwide. A great number of CD recordings demonstrate her virtuosity, paired with a particularly intense variety of musical expression. For instance, Vol. 23 of the Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr features Ms. Chuang’s recordings of two Mendelssohn piano concertos with Robert Levin and the Bochum Symphony. Ya-Fei Chuang appears in chamber music recitals with cellist Steven Isserlis, violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin. After having given her Ruhr Piano Festival début performance in 2007, she returned here for her 8th appearance in 2015.

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John Cage (conductor)

John Cage was an American composer and music theorist. He was a pioneer in the implementation of indeterminacy in music, as well as in his use of non-standard musical instruments and electroacoustic ways of generating sound. He was one of the leading composers of the 20th century and propelled the post war avant-garde movement.  His teachers included Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951. Cage is perhaps best known composition 4′33″ (1952), which is performed in the...
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John Cage was an American composer and music theorist. He was a pioneer in the implementation of indeterminacy in music, as well as in his use of non-standard musical instruments and electroacoustic ways of generating sound. He was one of the leading composers of the 20th century and propelled the post war avant-garde movement. His teachers included Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951.
Cage is perhaps best known composition 4′33″ (1952), which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title. The content of the composition is not "four minutes and 33 seconds of silence," as is often assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance. The work's challenge to assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience made it a popular and controversial topic both in musicology and the broader aesthetics of art and performance. Cage was also a pioneer of the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by objects placed between or on its strings or hammers), for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces.
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Maurice Ravel

Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of...
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Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.
Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of development. He made some orchestral arrangements of other composers' music, of which his 1922 version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is the best known.
As a slow and painstaking worker, Ravel composed fewer pieces than many of his contemporaries. Among his works to enter the repertoire are pieces for piano, chamber music, two piano concertos, ballet music, two operas, and eight song cycles; he wrote no symphonies and only one religious work. Many of his works exist in two versions: a first, piano score and a later orchestration. Some of his piano music, such as Gaspard de la nuit (1908), is exceptionally difficult to play, and his complex orchestral works such as Daphnis et Chloé (1912) require skilful balance in performance.

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Philip Glass

The American composer Philip Glass is considered as one of the influential composers of the late 20th century. His music has often been described as minimal music, although Glass himself preferred to describe his work as “music with repetitive structures.” Glass was born in 1937 in Baltimore. In 1964 he travelled to Paris, where he studied with the famous pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and worked closely with the composer and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who both have influenced his compositions. When he returned to New York in 1967 he attended a performance of works by Steve Reich, which left a deep impression on him. He subsequently began to compose in a simplified and consonant style, based on additive rhythms and a sense...
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The American composer Philip Glass is considered as one of the influential composers of the late 20th century. His music has often been described as minimal music, although Glass himself preferred to describe his work as “music with repetitive structures.” Glass was born in 1937 in Baltimore. In 1964 he travelled to Paris, where he studied with the famous pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and worked closely with the composer and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who both have influenced his compositions. When he returned to New York in 1967 he attended a performance of works by Steve Reich, which left a deep impression on him. He subsequently began to compose in a simplified and consonant style, based on additive rhythms and a sense of time that has been influenced by the playwright Samuel Beckett. In 1971 he founded the Philip Glass Ensemble, an amplified ensemble with keyboards, saxophones, flutes and soprano voices, with which he continues to perform regularly.
In 1975 Glass composed his first opera, Einstein on the Beach, in collaboration with Robert Wilson. Later on this work became part of a trilogy on revolutionary figures in world history, which further includes the operas Satyagraha about the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Akhnaten about the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton. These works are regularly performed in the world’s leading opera houses.
Since the 1980’s, Glass writes music for influential and award-winning movies such as Koyaanisqatsi, Kundun and The Hours. From the 1990’s onwards, he composes more and more conventional classical music for string quartet and symphony orchestra.

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin was an American composer, who is mostly known due to his combinations of classical and popular music genres. George Gershwin grew up in a poor neighbourhood in New York. His parents were Russian immigrants who had trouble making ends meet. They did, however, decide to purchase an old piano so Ira Gershwin could study to become a musician. Yet, it turned out not Ira, but his younger brother George showed remarkable talent. Ira applied himself to writing song lyrics and together the Gershwin brothers became absolute greats in the world of 20th century musicals. Nowadays, George's compositions are still relevant, as is evidenced by the many performances of his Rhapsody in Blue from 1924. But the best example is the ageless Summtertime,...
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George Gershwin was an American composer, who is mostly known due to his combinations of classical and popular music genres.

George Gershwin grew up in a poor neighbourhood in New York. His parents were Russian immigrants who had trouble making ends meet. They did, however, decide to purchase an old piano so Ira Gershwin could study to become a musician. Yet, it turned out not Ira, but his younger brother George showed remarkable talent. Ira applied himself to writing song lyrics and together the Gershwin brothers became absolute greats in the world of 20th century musicals. Nowadays, George's compositions are still relevant, as is evidenced by the many performances of his Rhapsody in Blue from 1924. But the best example is the ageless Summtertime, which has been covered a countless number of times by a countless number of artists.


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