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Behrens: Homages for Piano Solo / Bianca Baciu

Album Summary

>Behrens, Jack : Homage to Cage, for piano
>Behrens, Jack : Homage to Rachmaninov, for piano
>Behrens, Jack : Fantastique Impromptu, for piano
>Behrens, Jack : Tributaries, for piano
>Behrens, Jack : Aimez-vous Brahms?, for piano
>Behrens, Jack : Hommage a Chopin, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Dr. Bianca Baciu has led an active career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. She has performed throughout Europe and North America, with appearances in major centers such as Paris, Hamburg, Bonn, Koln, Bern, Toronto, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, and has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Serban Lupu, Vagram Saradjian and Tanya Prochazka. After establishing her early career in Europe, at age 24, Dr. Baciu moved to Canada, where she has also received numerous awards including the Marusia Yaworska Scholarship for the most talented musician in Canada, and the prestigious Izaak Walton Killam PhD Scholarship for research at the University of Alberta.

"Behrens borrows literally from well-known classical works - Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Cage - endlessly juxtaposing and reformatting quotations, creating a dreamlike ambiance and discontinuity utterly different from the context and spirit of the originals... Bianca Baciu, who teaches piano at the University of Alberta, is a pastiche scholar who just published a book on Behrens called 'Death of the Author - A Tribute'. Her musicianship is impressive; she plays borrowed music like it was new. The recording, made at the Banff Center for the Arts, is as clear and clean as Banff itself. Now could she please give us some real Brahms and Rachmaninoff? I'll wager she can." - American Record Guide



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>Behrens, Jack : Homage to Cage, for piano
  • Performer: Bianca Baciu (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolston Hall, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada (03/11/2006-03/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Behrens, Jack : Homage to Rachmaninov, for piano
  • Performer: Bianca Baciu (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolston Hall, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada (03/11/2006-03/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Behrens, Jack : Fantastique Impromptu, for piano
  • Performer: Bianca Baciu (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolston Hall, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada (03/11/2006-03/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Behrens, Jack : Tributaries, for piano
  • Performer: Bianca Baciu (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolston Hall, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada (03/11/2006-03/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Behrens, Jack : Aimez-vous Brahms?, for piano
  • Performer: Bianca Baciu (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolston Hall, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada (03/11/2006-03/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Behrens, Jack : Hommage a Chopin, for piano
  • Performer: Bianca Baciu (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolston Hall, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada (03/11/2006-03/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979