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Sebastian Currier: Piano Music

Audio Samples

>Currier, Sebastian : Piano Sonata
>Currier, Sebastian : Departures and Arrivals, for piano
>Currier, Sebastian : Scarlatti Cadences, for piano
>Currier, Sebastian : Brainstorm, for piano

Album Summary

>Currier, Sebastian : Piano Sonata
>Currier, Sebastian : Departures and Arrivals, for piano
>Currier, Sebastian : Scarlatti Cadences, for piano
>Currier, Sebastian : Brainstorm, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer and Academy Awards among other prizes and fellowships, Sebastian Currier composes "music with a distinctive voice" (The New York Times) that is "lyrical, colorful, firmly rooted in tradition, but absolutely new" (The Washington Post). It has been performed at major venues worldwide by acclaimed artists and orchestras. Whether inspired by Bach, Beethoven and Hindemith (Piano Sonata), playing with Scarlattian formulas, stirring up a satirical Brainstorm, or pondering his compositional choices (Departures and Arrivals), Currier engages the listener's head and heart. Laura Melton's Naxos recording of Samuel Adler's piano music was praised by Fanfare as "expert and excellent."

The New York Times
performed expressively and with dexterous flair by Laura Melton ...

Gramophone
Currier's piano music requires the services of an artist who can tame formidable technical beasts and bring colourful delineation to a multiplicity of moods and textures. Laura Melton is just such a musician. Her performances are crisply articulate, rich in contrasting hues and attentive to the panoply of significant gestures that make Currier a composer of notable inventiveness and magnetism.

San Francisco Chronicle
The nature of Sebastian Currier's piano music - ebullient, choreographic and wonderfully inventive - announces itself from the first measures of the 1988 Piano Sonata that opens this beguiling disc. The writing is densely packed into the keyboard (Prokofiev is the obvious model), but crisp melodic themes and rhythmic interplay register clearly through the busy textures. And the more you listen, the more engrossing the effect becomes. In a series of splendid performances, pianist Laura Melton brings out all the rambunctious finesse of the five-movement sonata and the thoughtful, intricately cross-referenced "Departures and Arrivals." Currier deftly walks a line between dry neo-Classicism and a more explosively messy emotional palette, and Melton traces it well. The disc concludes in a burst of witty high spirits, with "Scarlatti Cadences" - pressing the old master's distinctive formulas into service in new ways - and the hyperactive "Brainstorm."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green.



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Works Details

>Currier, Sebastian : Piano Sonata
  • Performer: Laura Melton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Currier, Sebastian : Departures and Arrivals, for piano
  • Performer: Laura Melton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Currier, Sebastian : Scarlatti Cadences, for piano
  • Performer: Laura Melton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Currier, Sebastian : Brainstorm, for piano
  • Performer: Laura Melton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994