JOSHUA PIERCE

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Showpieces for Piano and Orchestra

Richard Addinsell, Frédéric Chopin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Franz Liszt-Weber, Henry Litolff, Camille Saint-Saëns, Paul Turok

JOSHUA PIERCE, piano
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
KIRK TREVOR

First Release of Ellington

[MS1640]

$12.95

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PROGRAM NOTES
Although pianist Joshua Pierce is associated with the ‘serious’ Classical and Romantic repertoire and widely known for his involvement with modern and maverick music of more recent vintage – notably his long association with John Cage and microtonality – his remarkably wide scope also includes some of the more popular classics, ranging from the dances of the 19th century to more recent ragtime and jazz. His skill, virtuosity, wit and expressiveness span across an enormous variety of styles, and are well represented by this important collection of bravura classics from the past two centuries.” [Erik Salzman]


Pianist Joshua Pierce is one of the most uniquely gifted virtuosos of our time. His on-going series of recordings on MSR Classics of works from the great composers of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to the romantic world of Brahms, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, form a testimony to the range of an artist who is also known for his performances of 20th century repertoire – from Gershwin to Cage and beyond. Such a range – encompassing the standard repertoire, contemporary works and rediscovered masterpieces of the past – is rare among pianists. Born in New York City, Pierce studied at the Cleveland Institute, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. His teachers and mentors included Dorothy Taubman, Victor Babin and Robert Goldsand. He also studied with cellists Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio and Jascha Silberstein, and with pianists Arthur Loesser and Artur Balsam. He has numerous Grammy Award nominations to his credit along with laudatory reviews from publications across the globe. His career includes numerous appearances with major orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Berlin
Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, RAI Orchestra of Rome, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Nacional of Peru, and the symphony orchestras of Utah, San Antonio and Missouri. He has collaborated with numerous musicians and chamber ensembles, including violinists Eric Friedman, Andrew Smith and Dan Auerbach as well as cellists Jeffrey Solow and Lawrence Zoernig, the Leontovich String Quartet and Chamber Players International. A prolific recording artist, Pierce can
be heard in nearly 230 works on more than 65 CDs, including Beethoven and Brahms piano concertos, the complete piano with orchestra works of Gershwin and Liszt, and landmark recordings of keyboard music by John Cage as well as performances and recordings under the auspices of the American Festival of Microtonal Music, Inc. His recordings also include standard and lesser-known works by nearly two dozen other composers, from Bach to Britten. Pierce has recorded for a host of record labels, including MSR Classics, Wergo, Sony Classical, Virgin Classics, BBC Music Carlton Classics, Koch International, Mastersound, Albany, Centaur and Varese Sarabande. He has also performed for public radio and television around the world, including in the United States, Europe, Russia and South Korea. A highly respected contemporary music performer ‘and chamber music collaborator’, Pierce has performed at most of the major concert venues and series in New York City, including: Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Roulette, The Kitchen, The Knitting Factory, The DiMenna Center and Weill Recital Hall. [ www.piercepiano.com ]
PROGRAM
RICHARD ADDINSELL (1904-1977)
Warsaw Concerto (1941)

GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
Variations on “I Got Rhythm” (1934)

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Variations on Mozart’s “Là ci darem la mano”, Op.2 (1830)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)
Caprice-Valse, Op.76 “Wedding Cake” (1885)

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING
PAUL TUROK (1929-2012)
Ragtime Caprice, Op.65 (1977)

FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886) | CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786-1826)
Polonaise Brillante, Op.72 (1851)

FIRST RELEASE
DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974)
New World A-Comin’ (1945)

HENRY LITOLFF (1818-1891)
Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique No.4 in D minor, Op.102 (1852)
 



MSR Classics
THE DEVIL'S TRILL
THE DEVIL'S TRILL
Music for Violin and Piano DAN AUERBACH

[MS1618]
RUSSIAN PIANO CONCERTOS
RUSSIAN PIANO CONCERTOS

JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1464]
JS BACH, HAYDN & MENDELSSOHN
JS BACH, HAYDN & MENDELSSOHN
Piano Concertos JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1496]
PERSICHETTI: LEGACY OF SONGS
PERSICHETTI: LEGACY OF SONGS
Unpublished Songs on Poetical Texts SHERRY …

[MS1558]
BACH, HINDEMITH & BLOCH
BACH, HINDEMITH & BLOCH
J.S.Bach: Keyboard Concerto BWV 1052; JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1415]
PERSICHETTI: HARMONIUM
PERSICHETTI: HARMONIUM
Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano, Op.50
Poems SHERRY OVERHOLT

[MS1432]
JOHN CAGE: A TRIBUTE
JOHN CAGE: A TRIBUTE
In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1400]
LISZT: 3 Piano Concertos; Totentenz
LISZT: 3 PIANO CONCERTOS; TOTENTENZ

JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1154]
BRAHMS, LISZT & FRANCK
BRAHMS, LISZT & FRANCK
Works for Piano and Orchestra

JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1148]