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DANIEL CARR: WORKS VOLUME 1

DANIEL CARR: WORKS VOLUME 1

Songs and Solo Piano

Daniel Carr

JESSICA PETRUS, soprano
MAYUMI TAYAKE, piano
CHRISTINA WRIGHT-IVANOVA, piano


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“Petrus has a terrific voice… [The Three Preludes] is exciting, interesting music and Tayake plays with terrific phrasing and clarity... [The Lesotho Variations] is a beautiful and touching tribute… The Five Preludes are short, clever solo piano pieces; I like them.”
Heisel, American Record Guide [July/August 2015]
PROGRAM NOTES
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, DANIEL CARR composes music that has been described as being “undoubtedly of the 21st century”. His work is highly virtuosic, yet retains the lyricism, driving rhythms and colorful harmonies which audiences delight in hearing and musicians enjoy playing. Carr grew up in a musical home, where both parents and all of his siblings were musical. His father was a piano technician, so there were several pianos, organs and other instruments throughout the home. It was not unusual for several family members to be playing pieces in completely different genres on different instruments throughout the house at the same time. Fortunately, there were times when the family played together in ensembles, inspiring Carr’s lifelong love of chamber music. Although Carr played violin and piano when he was young, he did not become interested in music composition until his mid-20s. His primary music teachers were his mother, pianist Naomi Carr, and Dr. Donald Rankin of the University of Rhode Island. He also completed courses in Theory and Counterpoint at Hunter College in New York. Carr graduated from URI with a degree in Finance in 1995, and from 1995 to 1997 lived in Lesotho as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His music is published by Nikoichi Publishing.
[ www.danielcarrcomposer.com ]

Lauded for a brilliant and agile voice, soprano Jessica Petrus gives sincere performances of some of the world’s most intimate and obscure chamber music. Her love for exploring the emotional depths of humanity draws her to many genres that span over five hundred years. Recently, she has appeared as Gabriel in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Yale Schola Cantorum under Masaaki Suzuki, and in Aaron Jay Kernis’ L’Arte della Danssar. She also premiered the solo soprano role in Robert Kyr’s The Annunciation, and has worked with Steve Reich in a performance of his Proverb. Jessica has also been a featured soloist with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society (J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor), Seraphic Fire with the Spektral Quartet (Haydn: Seven Last Words), Yale Choral Artists (Mozart: Mass in C minor), San Diego Bach Collegium (Handel: Messiah), Harvard University Chorus (C.P.E. Bach: Die Israeliten in der Wüste), Cantata Profana and Skylark Ensemble. She is also a core member of treble ensemble Etherea, under Derek Greten-Harrison. A featured Young Artist Fellow with the Central Virginia Society of Chamber Music, she has also appeared as an Artist Fellow at the Staunton Music Festival. A Michigan native, Petrus received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2008, where she studied voice with soprano Carmen Pelton. She is a 2012 graduate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Art Song, Oratorio and Chamber Ensemble program, where she studied with tenor James Taylor.
[ www.jessicapetrus.com ]

Recognized for her musical sensitivity and delicate touch, pianist Mayumi Tayake is in demand as a soloist and a collaborating musician. Winner of numerous competitions, notable awards include the 68th Young Musicians Concert Series, which led to a performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Grand Rapids Symphony Concerto Competition followed by a performance with the orchestra; and a Michigan Music Teachers Association competition, after which she performed for conductor Phillipe Entremont. She was also winner of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Competition, and subsequently toured in Washington State. Tayake has served as the pianist for several orchestras and chamber groups, including the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Trio Seattle and the Harvard Trio. She has performed for Yefim Bronfman, Boris Berman, Sergei Babayan, Margaret Leng-Tan, Richard Morris and John Kimura Parker in the master class setting. A strong advocate for new music, Tayake frequently performs music written after 1950. She is also founder of an experimental music group, Music Storytelling, which works with mixed media and unusual instrumentation to spark children’s interest in music. Tayake’s early training was with Yong Hi Moon. Later, she studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music, James Streem at Florida State University and Craig Sheppard at the University of Washington.
[ www.mayumitayake.com ]


Collaborative pianist, chamber musician and vocal coach Christina Wright-Ivanova has given recitals in Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Switzerland and Venezuela, and throughout the United States. She has also appeared in recital with musicians from the Boston
Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Portland Symphony, Wichita Symphony and Israel Philharmonic, and with vocalists from the Calgary Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Leipzig Oper. She is the recipient of fellowships from an array of institutions, including the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival (Czech Republic), Franz-Schubert-Institut (Austria), Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance (Boston) and Vancouver International Song Institute. Recent European engagements include Amica Paisello in Lucera, L’Ecole Normale Supérieur de Lyon and Humboldt University in Berlin. She has served as Guest Pianist-in-Residence with El Sistema, Lieder Coach at the French-American Vocal Academy, Répétiteur and Staff Pianist at the American Institute for Musical
Studies in Graz, and Pianist with the Handel & Haydn Society Youth Chorus in Boston. As a recording
artist, she can be heard in chamber music on the ARS Produktion and New Dynamic Records  labels. Currently a staff pianist at Boston University, Petrus received her DMA at the University of Texas at Austin, her MMus at the New England Conservatory, and her BMus at the University of Victoria in Canada. [ www.christinajwright.com ]
 
PROGRAM
DANIEL CARR (b.1972)
THREE LANGSTON HUGHES SONGS FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO, OP.12
Cross
Minstrel Man
Gods

THREE PRELUDES FOR PIANO, OP.13
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3

AKI – VOCALISE FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO, OP.4

LESOTHO VARIATIONS FOR PIANO, OP.1

THREE WILLIAM BLAKE SONGS FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO, OP.2
Nurse’s Song
A Poison Tree
The Blossom

FIVE PRELUDES FOR PIANO, OP.3
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Number 4
Number 5

THREE SARA TEASDALE SONGS FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO, OP.15
It Will Not Change
I Shall Not Care
White Fog

WIND’S LULLABY FOR PIANO

 



MSR Classics
SUSAN KANDER: HERMESTANZE
SUSAN KANDER: HERMESTANZE
Chamber Music for Violin & Viola, Soprano JACOB ASHWORTH

[MS1578]