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Perceptions of Shadows

by Jennifer Nicole Campbell

"A sensitive colorist and intelligent musician" (NY Concert Review), Jennifer presents her debut album as pianist and composer, immersing you in a soulful journey beginning with the universal roots of Bach and concluding with two of her original works.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814: II. Courante
1:53 album only
2. French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814: VI. Gigue
2:00 album only
3. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo (Live)
3:57 album only
4. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo (Live)
2:22 album only
5. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster empfindung (Live)
12:22 album only
6. Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1
5:06 album only
7. Three Etudes: III. Sundrops Over Windy Water (2012)
3:39 album only
8. Sonata I (1977 Rev. 2006)
9:52 album only
9. Images, Book II, L. 111: I. Cloches à travers les feuilles
4:25 album only
10. Perceptions of Shadows (2013)
9:00 album only
11. Variations On Simple Gifts (2014) [Live]
5:37 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

Bach: Courante and Gigue
from the French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814
A dedication to J.S. Bach – a man whose music teaches us to dance even through life’s darkest shadows. The glimmering shades of both the courante and the Gigue reflect actual Baroque era dances. With each step and leap there is a sense of wonder, joy, and excitement. Not without his own darkness in life, Bach never fails to help us dance through our own shadows in this life, and bring us to a lighter path.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
Beethoven’s late piano sonatas dare the soul to go beyond it’s limits, and delve into extremes of both reflection and ecstasy. The first movement unfolds with sublime layers of tenderness. The second movement awakens us with striking fervor, and the last movement is truly, as Beethoven writes above the score, mit innigster empfindung (with innermost expression.)

Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
Ascending from the dark shadows of the left hand ostinato glimmers a right hand melody – hope from despair, light from dark, life from shadows. Chopin’s work seduces us in limitless shades of past memories. Almost a mini-ballade, this work contains not only a nocturne, but also a stormy polonaise, a joyful mazurka, and finally a lullaby which brings us to rest in the patiently tearful arms of C-sharp Major.

Dorman: Sundrops over Windy Water
from Three Etudes (2012)
The poetic title of this work hardly needs further description. But listen for the tempest, both external and internal, in the middle of the piece which spans to opposite ends of the keyboard. We return in the final section to the speckled sundrops that flicker, entrancing us into a state of wonder.

Brown: Sonata I (1977, rev. 2006)
To me, this work is a journey through a dark forest – full of twists in the road and unforeseen perils. However, the sognando (dreamy) section is where we arrive at the clearing in the woods, and feel the warmth of the moonlight – both externally and within. After a grand pause, the menacing trill returns, and we are unable to escape the relentless rhythm of 16th note motion.

Debussy: Cloches à travers les feuilles from Images, Book II Again poetically titled, Debussy’s cloches focus our attention to the inner details of nature. There is something irresistibly soulful about bells ringing, calling us to take hope in the abundant joy of nature’s flowers, trees, and breezes.

Campbell: Perceptions of Shadows (2013)
This work is about perception and reaction, the question of why things happen, and the upward search for the Divine Hand at work within every individual’s struggle, pain, and grief. The idea of seeing shadows at different stages, ages, and times of day translates into how we can never really see the real object completely or in it’s truest form – just as events in our own life. However, we see glimpses and grasp them in our own ways, searching for meaning within.

Campbell: Variations on Simple Gifts (2014)
I couldn’t resist including the opposite side of my compositional style. You’ll hear references to songs, old and new, and hopefully get a glimpse of the joy I receive through service to the Music of Life.

©2015 Jennifer Nicole Campbell.


"A sensitive colorist and intelligent musician, Ms. Campbell reflected total immersion in her music. She is already a full-fledged artist.” - Rorianne Schrade for The New York Concert Review

Winner of two 1st prizes in the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition in 2010, pianist and composer Jennifer Nicole Campbell has received diverse top honors, including 1st place in the 1000 Islands International Chopin Competition (2011) and the Presser Scholar Award (2013) from the Peabody Conservatory. She was the sole contestant representing the U.S. in the semifinals of the Aarhus International Piano Competition in Denmark. At age 17 she performed Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Delaware County Symphony, and since then has performed with other orchestra including the Lansdowne Symphony and the Newark Symphony Orchestra as prize winner of their concerto competitions.

Jennifer finds joy in sharing her gift of music with all audiences, whether at Lincoln Center or in a local elementary school. Concert presenters such as the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation and the Nadia Reisenberg Series have sponsored her recitals in the Mid-Atlantic USA, including halls at Fairfield University, CT, and Canisius College, NY. An avid chamber music player and collaborator, Jennifer received the Sarah Stulman Zierler Prize in Accompanying (2014) at the Peabody Conservatory where she coached with Denyce Graves and John Shirley-Quirk, among others.

As a composer, Jennifer has received performances by various notable artists such as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra who premiered her Piano Trio No. 1. Her solo works have been premiered at the University of Miami, the University of Delaware, and the Peabody Conservatory. Her recorded compositions include Angele Dei by the Baltimore Basilica Choir, and The Glade, which was featured on a promotional CD for the renowned Winterthur Museum.

Jennifer holds M.M. and B.M. degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied piano with Brian Ganz and composition with Judah Adashi. She is also an enthusiast of the visual arts, poetry, and nature. To learn more about her upcoming musical pursuits or to contact Jennifer, please visit her website at: www.jennifernicolecampbell.com


Special thanks to Karl Kuerner for his cover painting, and to composers David Auldon Brown and Avner Dorman. In addition I want to thank my family, friends, colleagues and fans who have helped make this possible. Each one of you inspires me and makes my journey so meaningful.

Thank you to the Peabody Conservatory for making the funding of this project possible through the Peabody Career Development Grant.



to write a review

Bob Hanlon

A Masterpiece!
Truly a masterpiece—an example of Jenn at her best! She possesses a passion that is rarely seen and that passion can be heard and felt in every note. Don’t just buy one of these CDs; get several and give them to your friends. They will thank you!