AMERICAN SONATASMusic for Violin and Piano
William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Charles IVes
CHING-YI LIN, violin
ZACHARY LOPEZ, piano
“Lin and Lopes have a strong grasp of Ives’s music... they capture its square-dance spirit and contrast that nicely with the more classical sections and Ives’s many quotations... Bolcom melds blues and gentle jazz into his Second Sonata, yet he gives both performers virtuoso opportunities, in which Li and Lopes shine... I recommend this disc especially for the Bolcom, which has gotten inside my head and won’t come out.”
James North, Fanfare [January/February 2018]
“Lin and Lopes prove particularly skilled at evoking the programmatic atmospheres the titles suggest... well-balanced recorded sound … Lin draws a generally rich and ingratiating...tone from her 1863 Vuillaume violin, weaving it into, out of, and through the piano’s textures.”
Robert Maxham, Fanfare [January/February 2018]
“Ching-Yi Lin and Zachary Lopes are fully attuned to the wild and devout sides of Ives, which exist in comfortable contradiction in his scores. Lin is able to produce the kind of raw, unrefined fiddler sound that this music demands... Lin and Lopes are comfortable with the idioms in all three works.”
Magil, American Record Guide [November/December 2017]
"...all very well worth exploring. Lin and Lopez are a well-balanced team in all three [sonatas]."
BBC Music Magazine [October 2017]
"Ching-Yi Lin and Zachary Lopez play the sonatas with equal degrees of panache and warmth."
Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone [October 2017]
"Combining piano with violin sets itself up for endless equations destined for answers with passages of clarity and chemistry. The notion holds true when hearing this Ching-Yi Lin/Zachary Lopes pairing which substantively congeals through ranges of tonal and atonal Americana... [Lin and Lopes] balance and play off each other to give compositions dimension and insight... Performances by Ching-Yi Lin and Zachary Lopes get better and better while channeling through the album in numerical sequence. Deserved exploration."
Christie Grimstad, ConcertoNet [August 2017]
"well-played, well-recorded CD"
Mark J. Estren, InfoDad.com [July 2017]
PROGRAM NOTESBesides being American composers, and two of them coming into this world in the same year, Charles Ives, William Bolcom and John Corigliano have something else in common: they all enjoy mixing classical and popular music, as well as tonal and atonal passages, in a unique manner.
Violinist Ching-Yi Lin maintains an active career, with notable performances and master classes at Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, and internationally at the University of British Columbia, the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, and the Shenyang and Xi’an Conservatories in China. During the summer months, Lin serves on the faculty at the Indiana University Summer String Academy and Western Kentucky University Summer String Institute; she has also served on the faculty of the Sommersymfoni I Kristiansand in Norway. In 2008, Lin was appointed Associate Instructor of Violin at Indiana University while also working as a teaching assistant to Mauricio Fuks. At the pre-college level, she has taught as an instructor for the Indiana University String Academy, working closely with her mentors Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner. In 2008, Lin acted as co-researcher, violin instructor and piano accompanist for the Fairview Project, designed to assess how underprivileged children can benefit academically and socially from learning to play the violin. She is actively engaged in presenting seminars at numerous conferences, including the national conference of the American String Teachers Association and the Kentucky and Tennessee Music Educators Association conferences. In 2013, Lin was presented with the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in Washington, D.C., recognizing her work in bringing music into the lives of young people throughout her community. Lin earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in violin performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and also studied at the Vienna Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Mauricio Fuks, Boris Kuschnir, Fredell Lack and Nelli Shkolnikova. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of the Pre-College Strings Program at Western Kentucky University. She plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, made in 1863. [ www.chingyilin.com ]
Pianist Zachary Lopes is an active soloist and collaborative artist, and has given performances and master classes across the United States, South America and Europe. He was the winner of the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music’s Piano Concerto Competition and has received awards of distinction in the Schlern International Music Competition, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Northwest Regional Young Artist Competition and the University of Colorado College of Music Honors Competition. Lopes has been featured with his trio on CBS Sunday Morning’s “A Grand Plan for Pianos” and on WUOL Classical Radio in Louisville as a soloist. Recent recording projects include Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and Robert Muczynski’s three piano sonatas. He has presented several times at the MTNA National Conference, as well as at the MTNA Collegiate Chapter Piano Pedagogy Symposium, National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, and Kentucky State Music Teachers Association Conference. Lopes has been published in Clavier Companion and the MTNA e-Journal. He has held teaching positions at Wittenberg University and the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory and served as the Assistant Administrative Director of the CCM Prague International Piano Institute. Lopes was also Directing Coordinator and Planner of the MTNA Collegiate Chapter’s Piano Pedagogy Symposium in 2012 and now serves on the Steering Committee for the annual conference. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Western Kentucky University.
PROGRAMCHARLES IVES (1874–1954)
SONATA NO.2 FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (c. 1914)
I. Autumn (Adagio maestoso)
II. In the Barn (Presto)
III. The Revival (Largo)
WILLIAM BOLCOM (b. 1938)
SONATA NO.2 FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (1979)
I. Summer Dreams: Tranquil
II. Brutal, fast
IV. In Memory of Joe Venuti: Allegro comodo
JOHN CORIGLIANO (b. 1938)
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (1962–63)
II. Andantino (with simplicity)
III. Lento (quasi recitativo)