Connoisseurs of the pianist's art in the Boston area will be happy to learn of the return of American pianist
Donald Berman, who will soon appear as part of
Divergent Studio at
Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Commissioned by Mr. Berman,
Summer on the Lakes, in 1843
is inspired by writer and early feminist
, who wrote a book by that name about her experiences visiting the Great Lakes in the 19th century.
, who hails from the same region, felt a special resonance with Fuller's impressions, forming an intimate link one can hear in the music. Says Mr. Berman, "I'm delighted that Elena Ruehr was able to find the time for a new commission. I've been interested in American writer, editor, Transcendentalist and social activist Margaret Fuller for a number of years and thought that Elena would be the perfect person to address such a subject. The other new music pieces are by two composers - John Aylward and Eric Moe - whose work I particularly enjoy and with whom I collaborate often." The program also includes
Flux Ripple Flutter
When Branched Thoughts Murmur in The Wind (2000) and
. Says Mr. Berman, "Ives was a highly trained composer thoroughly steeped in Bach, and like Bach, Ives' first job was as an organist. The similarities between them are audible when they are programmed together. In one tantalizing moment in Ives'
Varied Air and Variations
, we even hear an atonal row treated to Bachian chorale harmonization."
has been on the frontlines of new music scholarship, performance and recording for over 30 years. A pianist and scholar of exceptional gifts, he currently serves on the faculties of both
Longy School of Music of Bard College
. He is
President of the Charles Ives Society
, and has been a
Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
Charles E. Ives: Shorter Works for Piano
, Mr. Berman has collaborated with two different publishers to issue a new edition of these important works, in 3 editions published from 2015-2018. From 1998-2008 Mr. Berman curated an immense project which ultimately resulted in a highly praised series of four concerts of unknown and under-appreciated American music at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and a subsequent 4-CD set,
Americans in Rome
(BRIDGE 9271). Performance highlights in recent years have focused primarily on solo and chamber music repertoire, combining familiar works by such composers as Scarlatti, Fauré, Chopin, Copland, Bloch, Schubert, Poulenc, Rieger, Kagel and Schoenberg with premieres and seldom performed works by Stucky, Wyner, Chang, Theofanidis, Saariaho, McDonald, Boulez, Cage, Schoenfield, Harbison, Zare, Lieberson, Lerdahl and many others. Mr. Berman's CD of piano works by
(BRIDGE 9434), was called a "wonderful recording" by the
New York Times
, and was included on the
's "Best of Boston" list; he will record an album of Boykan songs later in 2018. He is also finishing up a recording of songs by
, a frequent collaborator. Another recent project is a recording of
Serenade for Piano & Orchestra
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
, for release on BMOP Sound. His recording of piano miniatures by
Scott Wheeler: Portraits & Tributes
, was released by Bridge Records (BRIDGE 9463), and his performance of the New York premiere of these pieces at
in 2016 was ultimately broadcast on
. Other recordings can be found on Accurate, ARSIS Audio, Bridge, CRI, Capstone Records, Centaur, Koch, Naxos, New World Records, Newport Classics and Summitt.
For more information about Donald Berman, call 917-751-8228
and visit kathrynkingmedia.com
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