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Picker: Keys to the City, Four Etudes for Ursula, etc / Ursula Oppens

Album Summary

>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Four Etudes for Ursula, for piano
>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Old and Lost Rivers, for solo piano
>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Pieces (3), for piano
>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Where the Rivers Go, for piano
>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : ... when soft voices die..., for piano
>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : The Blue Hula, for piano
>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Keys to the City, version for 2 pianos
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

New York City native Tobias Picker was described by the Wall Street Journal as, "our finest composer for the lyric stage" and by BBC Music Magazine as, "displaying a distinctively soulful style that is one of the glories of the current musical scene." This new Wergo recording with pianist Ursula Oppens traces an evolution in the composer's writing for piano from the virtuosic challenges of his 'Four Etudes for Ursula' and the jazzy, urbane landscape of 'Keys to the City' to the lyrical simplicity of 'Old and Lost Rivers' or 'The Blue Hula'. This disc features mostly first recordings and is an invaluable contribution to the discography of contemporary American music.



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>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Four Etudes for Ursula, for piano
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/11/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1996

>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Old and Lost Rivers, for solo piano
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/11/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Pieces (3), for piano
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/11/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Where the Rivers Go, for piano
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/11/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : ... when soft voices die..., for piano
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/11/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : The Blue Hula, for piano
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/11/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Picker, Tobias [Composer] : Keys to the City, version for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Tobias Picker (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/11/2007-09/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983