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Tones & Colors

by Liza Stepanova

CAG Records announces the release of its latest album, TONES & COLORS, by pianist Liza Stepanova. TONES & COLORS covers a wide range of relationships between visual art and music including solo works by Granados, Debussy, Bach, Crumb, Liszt and Ligeti.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Escena Goyesca, Dlr II:5: El Pelele (The Strawman)
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2. Trois Caprices: I. Enterrar y Callar (Bury Them and Be Silent)
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3. Contemplación, Op. 99: III. Ante "Las Lanzas", de Velazquez (Before "The Lances" by Velazquez)
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4. Das Jahr, H. 385: September, am Flusse (September, At the River)
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5. Motýli a Rajku, H. 127: I. Motýli v kvêtinách (Butterflies in the Flowers)
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6. Images, Book II, L. 111: III. Poissons D'or (Goldfish)
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7. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 8 in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853
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8. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 8 in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853
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9. A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979: IV. Adoration of the Magi
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10. Fugue in E-Flat Minor
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11. Overture to Tannhäuser, S. 442 (A Concert Paraphrase) [After Richard Wagner]
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12. Études for Piano, Book 2: 14. Coloana Infinită (Infinite Column)
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13. Triakontameron: VIII. Watteau-Paysage
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Album Notes

This has been a project long in the making. I have had an interest in visual art ever since traveling Europe as a child and going to the wonderful museums in Germany, France, and Italy. Later, by playing musical works that were obviously connected to art (Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Poulenc’s Work of a Painter songs), I became more interested in the intersections between art and music and went on to curate recitals exploring these connections for my then-ensemble, SongFusion, and various summer festivals. In 2010, I traveled to Germany on a Juilliard grant to study the works of the Mendelssohn siblings and became aware of the unique illustrated manuscript of Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s piano cycle The Year, with vignettes by her husband, painter Wilhelm Hensel. One of the musical months from this cycle, "September," is featured on this recording. - Liza Stepanova

For further information about the music on this album, please visit: http://www.liza-stepanova.com/tones-colors/.

American pianist Liza Stepanova is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Reviews in The New York Times praise her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” while The Washington Post notes the “eloquence” and “rock-solid authority” of her playing. Stepanova has performed extensively in Europe with recent appearances as a soloist with Southwest German Philharmonic and in duo recitals at the Berlin Museum of Musical Instruments and Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall. In the United States, she has appeared in the Weill and Zankel Recital Halls at Carnegie Hall as well as Alice Tully, David Geffen, and Steinway halls in New York City; at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC; and live on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and WETA Washington.

Stepanova has been invited to international festivals at Castleton, La Jolla, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Copenhagen (Denmark), Kfar Blum (Israel), and Davos (Switzerland). She appeared twice as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra led by James DePreist and Nicholas McGegan and was a top prizewinner at the Liszt-Garrison, Steinway, and Ettlingen competitions. Deeply committed to new music, she has premiered works by Jennifer Higdon and Libby Larsen and worked with composers William Bolcom, Gabriela Lena Frank, and John Harbison.

An avid chamber musician, Stepanova has collaborated with notable artists including concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony, and with New York Philharmonic Ensembles. She is a founding member of the Lysander Piano Trio, winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition and the 2011 Coleman Competition. The Trio tours internationally, has commissioned multiple world premieres, and recently released its debut CD After A Dream, which garnered positive reviews from The New York Times Classical Playlist, WQXR, and Minnesota Public Radio.

Stepanova received her DMA from The Juilliard School with a Richard F. French Award for an outstanding dissertation. Previously a graduate of the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, Germany, she studied with Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and George Sava, and performed in masterclasses for Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendel, and András Schiff. Stepanova has taught at The Juilliard School and as Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith College. She currently serves as an assistant professor of piano at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music of the University of Georgia.

Liza Stepanova is particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects and mutually inspiring collaborations between different art forms. In 2010, she performed Fanny Mendelssohn’s hour-long piano cycle The Year in lecture recitals accompanied by projections from the illustrated manuscript at the Mendelssohn Society in Berlin. She also performed the cycle at The Juilliard School, in conjunction with a lecture by the leading Mendelssohn scholar R. Larry Todd. As a faculty member at the Songfest festival in Los Angeles as well as with her various ensembles, Stepanova has curated and performed numerous recital programs combining music and literature (The Song of Love Triumphant), music and visual art (Homage to Claude Debussy), and music and biography (Liszt, The Man and The Artist, with readings from letters). For more information about Stepanova’s recent projects, please visit www.liza-stepanova.com.

The artist wishes to thank the following individuals for their dedicated work, support, and encouragement that helped make this album a reality:
Jessica Hadler, Jessica Lightfoot, and Richard Weinert at Concert Artists Guild
Adam Abeshouse
Erika Babatz at the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin
Rémi Copin at the Debussy Museum in Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Monika Fink
Marie Garrison
Mickey Goldberg
Edward Klorman
Diana Reeve at Art Resource
Roland Schmidt-Hensel at the Mendelssohn-Archiv in Berlin
Nick Stone
Marina Weber
Itamar Zorman

Technical Credits
Recorded July 21-25, 2016 at Abeshouse Productions, Pelham, NY
Engineer and producer: Adam Abeshouse
Art direction and design: Nick Stone
Cover photo: Jamie Jung
Piano: Steinway & Sons
Piano technician: Rick Prokop



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