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Complete Solo Works for Piano

Andrew Cooperstock

Complete Solo Works for Piano

Format: CD
Label: Bridge
UPC: 0090404948527
Catnr: BRIDG 9485
Release date: 04 August 2017
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Label
Bridge
UPC
0090404948527
Catalogue number
BRIDG 9485
Release date
04 August 2017

"Beautifully limpid and light in the four sets of Anniversaries (numbering 29 often exquisitely simple but affecting miniatures), Andrew Cooperstock treats the peristaltic Piano Sonata to adroitly punctuated, suitably robust playing."

Classical Ear, 18-8-2017
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About the album

In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary (1918-2018), this recording features the composer’s complete solo piano works, plus, as special bonus, the witty and charming “Bridal Suite” for piano four-hands, heard here in its first complete recording. In addition to the better known “Anniversaries”, “Sonata for the Piano”, and “Touches”, Andrew Cooperstock has included Leonard Bernstein’s very first published work, the highly effective transcription of Aaron Copland’s orchestral tone poem “El Salón México”, together with the “Four Sabras”, “Non troppo presto”, and “Music for the Dance, No. II”. The recording encompasses music from the composer's teenage years through his last piano composition, “Touches”, and includes music Bernstein dedicated to friends and colleagues including Lukas Foss, Sergei Koussevitzky, William Schuman, William Kapell, and Stephen Sondheim. The distinguished pianist Andrew Cooperstock is Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Diese Aufnahme umfasst Musik aus den Jugendjahren Leonard Bernsteins bis hin zu seinen letzten Klavierkompositionen und beinhaltet Musik Bernsteins, die sich mit Freunden und Kollegen wie Lukas Foss, Sergei Koussevitzky, William Schuman, William Kapell und Stephen Sondheim beschäftigt.

Artist(s)

Andrew Cooperstock (piano)

Pianist Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states, including performances at New York's Alice Tully, Merkin, and Carnegie halls, Broadway’s 54 Below, Greenwich Village’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s BargeMusic, and at the United Nations.  He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Round Top international music festivals, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Hong Kong’s Hell Hot! New Music Festival, and in London, Beijing, Accra, Kiev, Sapporo, Canberra, Lima, and Geneva, on National Public Radio, Radio France, and the BBC. An advocate for new music, Andrew Cooperstock has premiered works by American composers Lowell Liebermann, John Fitz Rogers, Rob Paterson,...
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Pianist Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states, including performances at New York's Alice Tully, Merkin, and Carnegie halls, Broadway’s 54 Below, Greenwich Village’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s BargeMusic, and at the United Nations. He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Round Top international music festivals, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Hong Kong’s Hell Hot! New Music Festival, and in London, Beijing, Accra, Kiev, Sapporo, Canberra, Lima, and Geneva, on National Public Radio, Radio France, and the BBC.

An advocate for new music, Andrew Cooperstock has premiered works by American composers Lowell Liebermann, John Fitz Rogers, Rob Paterson, and Aaron Copland and participated in commissioning works by Eric Stern, Robert Starer, Dan Welcher, and Meira Warshauer.

A sought-after chamber musician, Cooperstock has performed with the Takács Quartet, the Ying Quartet, the Dorian Quintet, violinist James Buswell, violist Roberto Diaz, cellists Andres Diaz and András Fejér, hornist Eli Epstein, and pianist Paul Schoenfield. He is a member of the Colorado Chamber Players, a regular soloist with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and a founder of Trio Contraste, which specializes in commissioning and performing contemporary music for piano, violin, and clarinet.

With violinist William Terwilliger, as Opus Two (www.opustwo.org), Cooperstock has recorded the complete works for piano and violin by Aaron Copland. The award-winning duo has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin–piano duo repertoire. The duo has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Australia, and it made its Asian debut in 2006 with performances across China, Korea, Japan, and the Russian Far East. In 2011 they were in residence with the National Symphony of Ghana, Africa, and at the University of Ghana Legon, and they were featured performers at Hong Kong’s premier chamber music festival, Hell Hot! Their appearance at Woodstock, New York’s prestigious Maverick Concerts was called “one of the most significant and worthwhile concerts of the 2010 season.” In 2013 Opus Two were guests of the United States Embassy on tour throughout Peru. With cellist Andres Diaz, Opus Two has recorded chamber music by Lowell Liebermann (Albany Records) and Paul Schoenfield (Azica Records). Opus Two’s recording of Leonard Bernstein (Naxos) features new arrangements by legendary Broadway music director Eric Stern and collaborations with Broadway actress-singer Marin Mazzie, and their following CD, a 75th-anniversary tribute to American composer George Gershwin, features a newly commissioned Eric Stern arrangement of beloved songs from Girl Crazy and collaborations with Broadway singer Ashley Brown. Cooperstock's next solo recording, for Bridge Records, will pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s centenary in 2018.

Andrew Cooperstock’s media credits include performances on National Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WQXR New York, KVOD Denver, KUT Austin, and on Minnesota Public Radio, Radio France, and the Australian and British Broadcasting Corporations.

Prize-winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and the United States Information Agency's Artistic Ambassador Auditions, he has served as juror for the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Liszt-Garrison International Competition, China’s Giant Cup Art Talent Competition, the Music Teachers National Association national competitions, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Competition, among others, and he has presented master classes widely, from Beijing to Nice to Vladivostok.

A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Cincinnati and Peabody Conservatories, Cooperstock studied with Abbey Simon, David Bar-Illan and Walter Hautzig, as well as with collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders. Cooperstock is currently Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder and faculty member at Saarburg International Festival of Music (Germany) and Classical Music Festival (Eisenstadt, Austria). He is also an honorary professor at Guangxi Arts Institute in southern China. Previous appointments include posts at the University of Oklahoma and Brevard Music Center. Cooperstock has recorded for the Naxos, Azica, Bridge and Albany labels, among others. He is a Steinway artist.


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Composer(s)

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland was an American composer, pianist, conductor and music pedagogue, who is regarded as the most important representative of the American modern composers, who are known for their preference for theatre music. Critics and peers referred to him as ‘the Dean of American Composers’. During the 1920s Copland studied three years with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Her total grasp of classical music became his most important influence, and led him to compose music in various genres and numerous settings, including opera, ballet, music for film, theatre, orchestra, piano and small ensemble. During his studies in Paris Copland encountered the music of Ravel, Satie, and the members of Les Six, which impressed him. However, his greatest hero and favorite 20th-century composer...
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Aaron Copland was an American composer, pianist, conductor and music pedagogue, who is regarded as the most important representative of the American modern composers, who are known for their preference for theatre music. Critics and peers referred to him as ‘the Dean of American Composers’.
During the 1920s Copland studied three years with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Her total grasp of classical music became his most important influence, and led him to compose music in various genres and numerous settings, including opera, ballet, music for film, theatre, orchestra, piano and small ensemble. During his studies in Paris Copland encountered the music of Ravel, Satie, and the members of Les Six, which impressed him. However, his greatest hero and favorite 20th-century composer was not French: it was the Russian Igor Stravinsky. Copland admired him for his typically Russian music, and wanted to express the music of his native country in his compositions just like him. For that purpose he drew inspiration from jazz, which rhythms and harmonies can be found in his early compositions.
During the 1930s and 1940s, when Copland had returned to America, the jazz gave way to (Latin) American folk tunes, which he arranged in a number of accessible compositions , which made him well-known to a wide audience: the ballets Billy the Kid, Rodeo and Appalachian Spring, the Third Symphony, El Salón México and the Fanfare for the Common Man. These are Copland’s best known works, which are still regularly performed and recorded.
During the 1950s Copland distanced himself from the popular tendencies in his compositions, and began to use serialist and twelve-tone techniques in his music in an attempt to join the modern composers.
From the 1960s onwards Copland began to focus on conducting, since he did not have any new ideas for compositions. He became a frequent guest conductor of orchestras in the United States and made a series of recordings of his music.

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein was one of the most iconic American composers and conductors of the 20th century, and was among the first American musicians who gained worldwide recognition. He actually made his breakthrough as a conductor by chance, when he suddenly had to stand in for the ailing Bruno Walter for a concert by the New York Philharmonic in 1943. The concert, which was broadcast live on radio, received critical acclaim from the press. Bernstein would soon become a sought-after guest conductor. From 1958 till 1969, Bernstein was principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic, with which he performed amongst others the complete symphonies of Mahler, which sparked a renewed interest in the music of the Austrian composer in the United States. He...
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Leonard Bernstein was one of the most iconic American composers and conductors of the 20th century, and was among the first American musicians who gained worldwide recognition.
He actually made his breakthrough as a conductor by chance, when he suddenly had to stand in for the ailing Bruno Walter for a concert by the New York Philharmonic in 1943. The concert, which was broadcast live on radio, received critical acclaim from the press. Bernstein would soon become a sought-after guest conductor.
From 1958 till 1969, Bernstein was principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic, with which he performed amongst others the complete symphonies of Mahler, which sparked a renewed interest in the music of the Austrian composer in the United States. He was also an advocate of the music of American composers, in particular that of his close friend Aaron Copland. Bernstein recorded nearly all of his orchestral works, and paid much attention to his music in his popular television series Young People’s Concerts, in which he introduced a young audience to classical music.
As a composer, Bernstein is primarily known for his accessible theatre works such as Wonderful Town, Candide and The West Side Story, which still is his most popular work. He also composed three symphonies and several shorter chamber works. In his music he fused elements of Jewish music, theatre music and jazz with those of composers like Copland, Stravinsky and Gershwin.

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Press

Beautifully limpid and light in the four sets of Anniversaries (numbering 29 often exquisitely simple but affecting miniatures), Andrew Cooperstock treats the peristaltic Piano Sonata to adroitly punctuated, suitably robust playing.
Classical Ear, 18-8-2017

The diverse range of Leonard Bernstein’s keyboard style has comprehensive realization from Andrew Cooperstock.
Audiophile Audition, 14-8-2017

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Disc #1
01.
Seven Anniversaries: I. For Aaron Copland
01:14
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
02.
Seven Anniversaries: II. For My Sister, Shirley
01:18
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
03.
Seven Anniversaries: III. In Memoriam: Alfred Eisner
02:05
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
04.
Seven Anniversaries: IV. For Paul Bowles
01:22
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
05.
Seven Anniversaries: V. In Memoriam: Nathalie Koussevitzky
01:33
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
06.
Seven Anniversaries: VI. For Sergei Koussevitzky
01:40
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
07.
Seven Anniversaries: VII. For William Schuman
00:51
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
08.
Four Anniversaries: I. For Felicia Montealegre
02:24
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
09.
Four Anniversaries: II. For Johny Mehegan
00:41
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
10.
Four Anniversaries: III. For David Diamond
02:04
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
11.
Four Anniversaries: IV. For Helen Coates
01:20
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
12.
Five Anniversaries: I. For Elizabeth Rudolf
01:10
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
13.
Five Anniversaries: II. For Lukas Foss
01:43
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
14.
Five Anniversaries: III. For Elizabeth B. Ehrman
00:47
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
15.
Five Anniversaries: IV. For Sandy Gellhorn
01:35
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
16.
Five Anniversaries: V. For Susanna Kyle
01:40
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
17.
Thirteen Anniversaries: I. For Shirley Gabis Rhoads Perle
01:26
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
18.
Thirteen Anniversaries: II. In Memoriam: William Kapell
00:27
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
19.
Thirteen Anniversaries: III. For Stephen Sondheim
01:26
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
20.
Thirteen Anniversaries: IV. For Craig Urquhart
01:17
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
21.
Thirteen Anniversaries: V. For Leo Smit
00:28
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
22.
Thirteen Anniversaries: VI. For My Daughter, Nina
02:20
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
23.
Thirteen Anniversaries: VII. In Memoriam: Helen Coates
02:14
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
24.
Thirteen Anniversaries: VIII. In Memoriam: Goddard Lieberson
01:09
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
25.
Thirteen Anniversaries: IX. For Jessica Fleischmann
01:52
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
26.
Thirteen Anniversaries: X. In Memoriam: Constance Hope
02:20
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
27.
Thirteen Anniversaries: XI. For Felicia, On Our 28th Birthday (& her 52nd)
02:25
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
28.
Thirteen Anniversaries: XII. For Aaron Stern
02:11
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
29.
Thirteen Anniversaries: XIII. In Memoriam: Ellen Goetz
01:53
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock

Disc #2
01.
Touches - Chorale, Eight Variations and Coda
09:08
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
02.
Sonata for the Piano: I. Presto. Molto moderato. Presto. Scherzando
05:24
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
03.
Sonata for the Piano: II. Largo. Moderato. Molto moderato
11:15
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
04.
Non Troppo Presto
02:23
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
05.
Music for the Dance, No. II: I. Moderato
01:26
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
06.
Music for the Dance, No. II: II. Waltz Time
01:18
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
07.
Music for the Dance, No. II: III. Allegro non troppo, with force
01:59
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
08.
Four Sabras: I. Ilana, The Dreamer
01:13
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
09.
Four Sabras: II. Idele, The Chasside
02:30
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
10.
Four Sabras: III. Yosi, The Jokester
01:04
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
11.
Four Sabras: IV. Dina, The Tomboy Who Weeps Alone
01:12
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
12.
El Salón México
10:26
(Aaron Copland) Andrew Cooperstock
13.
Bridal Suite: I. Prelude
01:46
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
14.
Bridal Suite: II. Love Song
01:31
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
15.
Bridal Suite: III. Chaplinesque
00:37
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
16.
Bridal Suite: IV. Chaplinade
00:57
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
17.
Bridal Suite: V. Interlude (Bell, Book, and Rabbi)
01:35
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
18.
Bridal Suite: VI. The First Waltz (canon)
01:00
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
19.
Bridal Suite: VII. Cha-cha-cha
00:36
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
20.
Bridal Suite: VIII. Hora
00:39
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
21.
Bridal Suite: IX. Encore 1: Modern Music (Argument)
00:30
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
22.
Bridal Suite: X. Encore 2: Old Music (Reconciliation)
00:51
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
23.
Bridal Suite: XI. Encore 3: Magyar Lullaby
00:40
(Leonard Bernstein) Andrew Cooperstock
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