Tableau, Tempest and Tango
Tableau, Tempest and Tango – images, drama, power, intensity, color, and dance! All these things make for great music. My latest CD project, expresses my passion for putting together masterpieces of the past with great works from our era, whose roots grow from them. One of my most important missions is to seek out great music of the present to bring to a wider audience through recordings. David Finko and Richard Brodhead are great living composers whose piano music is still waiting to be brought to that audience. The images in their music reflect the ultimate work of images in music: Pictures at an Exhibition. This project makes this dream into a reality.
David Finko’s works are intimately connected with Russian history. He grew up in Leningrad; his father held a top-secret post as a submarine designer for the Soviet Navy. The Fantasia on a Medieval Russian Theme is a narrative in music about the Mongol invasion and eventual triumph of Russia. David also loves Yiddish culture – Sonata #1 wonderfully portrays the art of Soviet actor and director Solomon Mikhoels. His Sonatas #2 and #3 were written after his coming to the United States. He is now 81; I promised him that he would live to see and hear his piano works preserved.
Richard Brodhead is composer emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia. His works express an extraordinary command of pianistic color and fantasy. Una Carta de Buenos Aires, Tango Sonatina was written in 2011 for me and is inspired by Latin tango dance - His wife is a dancer and choreographer. His Sonata Notturna magically evokes the night, its sounds, and experiences. The power and intensity of David's music contrasts ideally with the color and delicacy of Richard's.
In 2015, PARMA Recordings released my album of African descent composer Nathaniel Dett, the first time this ground-breaking composer’s complete piano works had been available on CD. The next year it was chosen as a critic’s choice at Gramophone UK, the top CD reviewing site in the world. It racked up 17000 track downloads. I again chose PARMA to release this project because of its top quality production and marketing teams, and the magnificent Steinway at the Futura recording studio in Boston. The first set of recording sessions have been completed. To cover the second session and release costs I need to raise a minimum of $6000 from this all-or-nothing campaign. Please help share my project to your friends and thank you for your support!