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CME PRESENTS PIANO CELEBRATION

CME PRESENTS PIANO CELEBRATION

Volume 1

Harold Arlen, Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, Clément Doucet, Alberto Ginastera, Vladimir Horowitz, Nikolai Kapustin, Ernesto Lecuona, Henri Mancini, Darius Milhaud, Wim Statius Muller, ástor Piazzolla, Francis Poulenc, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Rzewski, Earl Wild

MIN KWON, piano
CARL PATRICK BOLLEIA, piano
SOYEON PARK, piano
ERIKSON ROJAS, piano
REED TETZLOFF, piano
MING XIE, piano
THE CENTER FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE


Debut Recordings

[MS1559]

$12.95

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REVIEWS
"the idea of multiple pianists playing, and clearly relishing, this delicious repertoire is a fine idea... The pianists here are miraculous, revealing a supremely talented new generation for which one dares to hope for the highest achievements. There’s a lot of fun to be had here, too."
Colin Clarke, Fanfare [January/February 2017]
“In a provocative program, pianist Min Kwon and five of her student associates from the Center for Musical Excellence present selections uniting pianists and composers of 17 countries. Kwon, founder and director of the CME, has worked extensively with these young artists who, she proclaims, “work tirelessly to continue a time-honored tradition of musical excellence.” Their names may not be household words yet, but you are certainly going to hear from them in the future... There’s a lot of variety here, plus a feeling for the vastness of the piano literature.”
Phil Muse, Audio Society of Atlanta [November 2016]
“this CD assembles five distinguished piano alumni, along with CME founder Min Kwon, for a 75-minute romp through joyous encores and other guilty pleasures… [Ming Xie] romps through Clément Doucet’s Chopin pastiche Chopinata with extraordinary aplomb, then charges through Horowitz’s variations on the gypsy song from Carmen as if it’s the easiest thing to play in the world. If I could play piano this well, I’d be playing that music the way Ming Xie does... [Soyeon Park's] contribution is two of Earl Wild’s virtuoso etudes on the Gershwin songbook, played with major panache and lightness of touch... The pianists all understand that levity and pizzazz are the order of the day.... an hour of colorful encores and crowd-pleasing international hits... This is a whole lot of fun. Very strong recorded sound, too.”
Brian Reinhart, MusicWeb International [August 2016]
“This is a most aptly titled collection … the selections are in a light-weight, popular style that make for an enjoyable recital... These are all technically demanding pieces, some (Kapustin, Horowitz, Wild) true virtuoso works. Each piece is expertly played and recorded, with interesting booklet notes completing a delightful package... Director and founder [of the Center for Musical Excellence] Min Kwon is one of the excellent pianists here, as well as the driving force behind the organization and recording. It is labeled Volume 1, so I will watch for Volume 2.”
Harrington, American Record Guide [July/August, 2016]
“This disc has something for virtually every lover of the keyboard... silken performances [by Min Kwon]... everyone who sits at the Fazioli piano for this celebration has an affinity for the music at hands and feet: Erikson Rojas, haunting and flexible... Soyeon Park, luxuriant... Carl Patric Bolleia, savouring... Reed Tetzloff, ebullient... Ming Xie, a dynamo...”
Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone [March 2016]
PROGRAM NOTES
It is with great pride that I present CME pianists’ debut recording. This album is a musical celebration – an expression of gratitude for the musical gifts we have been blessed to develop and share. CME is about Moving Musicians Forward, and enriching our community in turn. Since its founding in 2010, the organization has amassed more than 100 alumni, each of which has taken part in one or more of our programs, including Winter Festival and Academy in New York, Vienna ConcertoFest in Austria and CME Residency at Art Avila in Curacao. Our musicians hail from all over the world: Australia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States. We have been honored to perform at the residence of United States Ambassador Rufus Gifford in Copenhagen, Denmark and with former Governor of New Jersey, Christie Whitman, closer to home. The Birte Moller International Performing Arts Grant, awarded annually, provides financial support and professional opportunities to deserving young musicians in keyboard, string and voice. The roster of CME Young Artists, representing some of today’s most promising musicians, is drawn from our alumni and grant applications. I am passionate about music, and about sharing it. I strive to support young artists who work tirelessly to continue a time-honored tradition of musical excellence. If you are holding this CD in your hands, you have already joined our circle of sharing.
Min Kwon [ Founder and Director, CME Center for Musical Excellence ]


ABOUT THE MUSIC
It is with enjoyment, discovery and friendship — a spirit of true Hausmusik, in which the music on this recording is presented. What follows is a celebration uniting composers and pianists from 17 countries in an incredible display of musical cross-pollination. With works of diversity and individualism, solo repertoire is juxtaposed with music for four-hands, alternating between selfexpression and collaboration. It is fitting that the four-hand works are all dances. Just as dance partners strive to be one entity, four-hand partners venture for that same sense of unity, so as to convey not just two pianists at one piano, but a “single, four-handed monster”, as referred to by the composer-theorist, Edward Cone.


The CENTER FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE provides high-caliber training and individually tailored assistance to gifted young musicians – regardless of their age, background, and nationality – who wish to pursue their advanced education in the United States. In doing so, the CME ultimately aims to inspire, guide and mentor aspiring young artists toward a meaningful and successful career in music; one that enriches both the artist and the community through the gift of music.
[ www.CMEMusic.org ]
 
PROGRAM
CLÉMENT DOUCET (1895-1950)
Chopinata

WIM STATIUS MULLER (b. 1930)
Nostalgia (from the Antillean Dances, Op.2)

VLADIMIR HOROWITZ (1903-1989)
Variations on a Theme from Carmen (1968 version)

SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981)
Hesitation Tango (from Souvenirs, Op.28)

NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN (b. 1936)
Variations, Op.41

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)
Polka Italienne

FRANCIS POULENC (1899-1963)
Improvisation No.15 “Homage á Edith Piaf”

EARL WILD (1915-2010)
7 Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs
Etude No.4 - Embraceable You (from Girl Crazy)
Etude No.7 - Fascinatin’ Rhythm (from Lady, Be Good!)

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor, WoO 1
Hungarian Dance No.4 in F minor, WoO 1

FREDERIC RZEWSKI (b. 1938)
Down by the Riverside (from Four North American Ballads, 1979)

DARIUS MILHAUD (1892-1974) Abridged version; arranged by Kwon and Bolleia
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op.58

ALBERTO GINASTERA (1916-1983)
Danza de la moza donosa (from Argentinian Dance No.2)

ERNESTO LECUONA (1895-1963)
Ante el Escorial
Malagueña
Mazurka en Glissando

ÁSTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) arr. piano 4-hands: K. Yamamoto
Libertango

ENCORES - Arranged for solo piano by Robert Aldridge
HAROLD ARLEN (1905-1986)
Over the Rainbow

HENRI MANCINI (1924-1994)
Moon River
 



MSR Classics
CME PRESENTS PAUL REALE
CME PRESENTS PAUL REALE
Piano Celebration for 2 Pianos and Piano 4-Hands MIN KWON

[MS1612]
SCHUBERT & LISZT
SCHUBERT & LISZT
Piano Music

MIN KWON

[MS1263]
SCHUBERT: PIANO 4-HANDS
SCHUBERT: PIANO 4-HANDS
Trois Marches Militaires, Andantino …

MIN KWON

[MS1345]