Andrew Cooperstock

Complete Solo Works for Piano

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

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

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