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Keeping Time' piano works by women composers: Vivian Fung, Higdon, Hoover, Luo, Shatin, de Kenessey, Deussen / Mary Kathleen Ernst, piano

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  1. Keeping Time $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Secret and Glass Gardens $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Dream Dances $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mosquito $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Theme (1) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 1, Lighthearted $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 2, Flowing $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 3, Sly $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 4, Whimsical $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 5, Dark $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 6, Shining $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 7, Yearning $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 8, With Cunning $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 9, Droll $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 10, Majestic $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 11, Mysterious $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 12, Tender $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 13, Deliberate $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 14, Pensive $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 15, Menacing $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 16, Flamboyant $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 17, Whirling $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Variation 18, Gentle $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi: Theme (2) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Spontaneous D-Combustion, "Piano Concerto No. 1": I. Vivace e giocoso $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Spontaneous D-Combustion, "Piano Concerto No. 1": II. Molto tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Spontaneous D-Combustion, "Piano Concerto No. 1": III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Musings, Circa 1940: No. 1, A Recollection $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Fung, Vivian : Keeping Time, for piano
>Higdon, Jennifer : Secret and Glass Gardens, for piano
>Hoover, Katherine : Dream Dances, for piano
>Jing, Luo Jing : Mosquito, for piano
>Allen, Judith Shatin : Chai Variations, for piano
>De Kenessey, Stefania : Spontaneous D-Combustion, for piano
>Deussen, Nancy Bloomer : A Recollection, for piano (from Musings
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The works on pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst's Keeping Time span a broad swath of years, from Jing Jing Luo's 'Mosquito' (1991) to Stefania de Kenessey's 'Spontaneous D-Combustion' (2012). But at the album's heart lies a through-line that, in Ernst's own words, 'celebrates the timelessness of friendship and the ways in which great music binds us together.' While at Juilliard over 30 years ago, Ernst discovered the wealth of music composed by women through her colleague and friend Judith Shatin. 'During my early years of growth,' she says, 'the music of these exceptional women captivated me and became an integral part of my repertoire as a pianist.' On Keeping Time she repays that influence and friendship with deep, sensitive renditions of works by a range of women composers, including Vivian Fung, Jennifer Higdon, Katherine Hoover, Nancy Bloomer Deussen and the aforementioned Luo, de Kenessey and Shatin. The styles on display are wide-ranging, encompassing jazz, neo-classical, post-modern and serial, and Ernst, whose 'refined technique and confident maneuverings' have been praised by the Washington Post, is sterling throughout.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA.



Reviews

A timely collection of contemporary music
Pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst turns in a strong program of solo piano works with equally strong performances. Yes, all the works were written by women, but that's about the only thing they have in common.

Vivan Fung's "Keeping Time" uses the piano as a percussion instrument. This work is all about rhythm, and Ernst delivers an energetic and (in my opinion) very cool performance.

By contrast, Jennifer Higdon's "Secret And Glass Gardens" sounds shimmering and ethereal, almost suspended in time and space. It's almost a companion piece to Debussy's "La cathédrale engloutie"

The "Dream Dances" of Katherine Hoover is a somewhat mysterious-sounding work, with slow-moving passages suddenly bursting forth with up-tempo angular melodies.

Judith Shatin used the I Ching to guide her compositional process, and the resulting music is fascinating. This 26-minute work is comprised of very short sections, sounding almost like aphorisms. Shatin sometimes has the piano sound very mechanistic, almost like an electronic instrument.

I sometimes think Stefania de Kenessey writes the music others wish they had the courage to. "Spontaneous D-Combustion" has catchy, tonal melodies, supported by full, rich chords and a rhythmic pulse that has more than hint of pop sensibilities. Nancy Bloomer Deussen's "A Recollection" is a wistful and quiet little work that calms down the listener and makes a peaceful close to the program.
Submitted on 05/15/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Fung, Vivian : Keeping Time, for piano
  • Performer: Mary Ernst (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Higdon, Jennifer : Secret and Glass Gardens, for piano
  • Performer: Mary Ernst (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Hoover, Katherine : Dream Dances, for piano
  • Performer: Mary Ernst (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jing, Luo Jing : Mosquito, for piano
  • Performer: Mary Ernst (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Allen, Judith Shatin : Chai Variations, for piano
  • Performer: Mary Ernst (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>De Kenessey, Stefania : Spontaneous D-Combustion, for piano
  • Performer: Mary Ernst (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Deussen, Nancy Bloomer : A Recollection, for piano (from Musings :: Circa 1940)
  • Performer: Mary Ernst (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995