ERIK SATIE: VISIONS
LINDA BURMAN-HALL, piano
Patrice Maginnis Soprano*
Performed On An 1875 Erard Grand Piano
"Linda Burman-Hall plays this..mostly familiar music with the proper mix of subtle humor and naive expression...The unique timbre of [the] vintage Érard works well in this material...the effect is charming...something of [her Baroque] sensibility informs her smart performances. [Patrice Maginnis] conveys the charm and direct expression of the songs without a trace of pretension."
Fanfare [June/July 2004]
"The Érard grand piano [used] for this recital...reflects more than just an historical correctness. With its great depth, dark tone, and broad compass, this keyboard seems perfectly suited for the general tone of these miniature masterworks of Satie... In Burman-Hall's interpretations, the deeper, and sometimes darker, visions of Satie come across more abundantly than in many other, more superficial, performances that we have heard."
Atlanta Audio Club [May 2004]
PROGRAM NOTESLinda Burman-Hall is well-known as a performer of historic keyboard works, and has appeared at such noteworthy venues as the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Aston Magna & the American Musicological Society. In addition, she is the Artistic Director of the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival and Lux Musica, an ensemble dedicated to 17th & 18th century repertoire. Her recent MSR Classics release of solo keyboard music of J.S.Bach "Two Faces of Genius" has received rave reviews. Soprano Patrice Miginnis is well known in California, Montreal and Germany for her solo performances and masterclasses. She has also made several recordings of music by Tailleferre, Harrison and others.
In "Erik Satie ~ Visions" she explores a selection of early solo piano works by enigmatic French composer Erik Satie, shedding new light on them by means of the 1875 Erard Grand piano she plays employs for her performances. The instrument, tuned to A=435, was built in the years 1868 through 1875 by Pierre and Sebastian Erard, and restored in Amsterdam by Fritz Janmaat in 1995.
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