Nina Tichman – Works For Piano – Vol. 1 (Aaron Copland) (1993)

FrontCover1.jpgAaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to by his peers and critics as “the Dean of American Composers”. The open, slowly changing harmonies in much of his music are typical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. He is best known for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as “populist” and which the composer labeled his “vernacular” style. Works in this vein include the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres, including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores.

After some initial studies with composer Rubin Goldmark, Copland traveled to Paris, where he first studied with Isidor Philipp and Paul Vidal, then with noted pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. He studied three years with Boulanger, whose eclectic approach to music inspired his own broad taste. Determined upon his return to the U.S. to make his way as a full-time composer, Copland gave lecture-recitals, wrote works on commission and did some teaching and writing. He found composing orchestral music in the modernist style he had adapted abroad a financially contradictory approach, AaronCopland1962.jpgparticularly in light of the Great Depression. He shifted in the mid-1930s to a more accessible musical style which mirrored the German idea of Gebrauchsmusik (“music for use”), music that could serve utilitarian and artistic purposes. During the Depression years, he traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, and Mexico, formed an important friendship with Mexican composer Carlos Chávez and began composing his signature works.

During the late 1940s, Copland became aware that Stravinsky and other fellow composers had begun to study Arnold Schoenberg’s use of twelve-tone (serial) techniques. After he had been exposed to the works of French composer Pierre Boulez, he incorporated serial techniques into his Piano Quartet (1950), Piano Fantasy (1957), Connotations for orchestra (1961) and Inscape for orchestra (1967). Unlike Schoenberg, Copland used his tone rows in much the same fashion as his tonal material—as sources for melodies and harmonies, rather than as complete statements in their own right, except for crucial events from a structural point of view. From the 1960s onward, Copland’s activities turned more from composing to conducting. He became a frequent guest conductor of orchestras in the U.S. and the UK and made a series of recordings of his music, primarily for Columbia Records. (by wikipedia)

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Following her debut at the age of seventeen performing Beethoven´s “Emperor” Concerto Nina Tichman appeared in major venues including Carnegie Hall, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Salzburg Festspielhaus. She has worked with prominent conductors such as Moshe Atzmon, Leon Barzin, Aaron Copland, Dmitri Kitaenko and Louis Langrée, appearing with the Bamberger Sinfoniker, the Symphony Orchestras of the Bayerische, Hessische and Norddeutsche radio stations, the Baltimore und St. Louis Symphonies. Concert tours throughout North America, Asia, and Europe with appearances at major festivals such as Marlboro, Tanglewood, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Styriarte, Frankfurt Feste, Rheingau Musikfestival, have established her as “one of the leading pianists of her generation” (Neue Musik Zeitung).

She is at home in repertoire ranging from Frescobaldi to composers writing today, many of whom have entrusted her with world premieres of their compositions. Her discography includes music by Bartók, Beethoven, Copland (Complete Works for Piano), Chopin, Corigliano, Fauré, V.D. Kirchner, Mendelssohn, Penderecki, und Reger.

American born, Nina Tichman has been based in Europe since winning the prestigious “Busoni” Competition. Other awards include the Mendelssohn Prize of Berlin, First Prize of the Casagrande Competition in Italy and the Prize of the Organization of American States.

NinaTichmannIn 2001 she founded the Xyrion Trio with Ida Bieler and Maria Kliegel, an ensemble that has been praised for its vital, emotional and dramatic musicmaking and whose recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Trios has been praised for its “flawless ensemble, subtle phrasing, and great rhythmic energy” (American Record Guide).

Nina Tichman is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the Eduard-Steuermann-Prize for outstanding musical achievement. In 1993 she was appointed Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and she has led master classes at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as at Amherst College and Princeton University. (by classicalconnect.com

“Aaron is Moses”. Leonard Bernstein’s affectionate aphorism about his friend and mentor expresses exactly Aaron Copland’s importance in the development of a truly American music. Copland, born 1900, influenced as did no other the emergence of America from a country whose aspiring musicians, with few exceptions, had to go abroad in order to receive adequate training, into a mecca for musical training and a center for new artistic impulses. His personal involvement together with his popularity smoothed the way for innumerable composers and was instrumental in awakening the interest of the American public for its native musical language.

The scope of Copland’s language as a composer is defined by two extremes: his so-called “severe” style, determined by serial techniques and stringent formal structure, and his simple style, in which he tried to write music that would be more accessible to a broad public.

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American musician Nina Tichman has been acclaimed as one of the leading pianists of her generation (Neue Musik Zeitung). Winner of numerous international competitions and being at home in the major music centers of the world, Nina Tichman has been particularly interested in contemporary compositions and their roots in traditional music for the piano. The music of Schönberg and Debussy, whose complete piano works she has presented cyclically (also released on the WERGO label), as well as that of contemporary American composers such as Copland and Elliott Carter, plays a central role in her repertoire. (prestomusic.comI

And if you listen carful,you will realize how much Keith Emerson was influenced by Aaron Copland !

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Personnel:
Nina Tichman (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Piano Variations (1930) 12.09

Four Piano Blues (1926-1948);
02. Freely Poetic 2.06
03. Soft And Languid 3.00
04. Muted And Sensuous 2.44
05. With Bounce 1.20

Piano Sonata (1939-1941):
06. Molto Moderato 9.44
07. Vivace 4.41
08. Andante Sostenuto 11.08

Three Moods (1920):
09. Embittered 1.03
10. Wistful 2.02
11. Jazzy 1.25

12. Petit Portrait (1921) 1.51
13. Midsummer Nocturne (1947) 2.02

The Cat And The Mouse (1920):
14. Scherzo Humoristique 4.03

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Bob Seger – I Knew You When (Deluxe Edition) (2017)

FrontCover1I Knew You When is the eighteenth studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bob Seger. It was released on November 17, 2017.

The album was recorded in Nashville and Detroit and produced by Seger himself. The first song that became available from the album was “Glenn Song”, which was written by Seger as a tribute to his friend Glenn Frey of the Eagles, who had died one year before. On January 18, 2017—eight months before the album was announced—Seger released “Glenn Song” for free on his official website. The song recounts his long friendship with Frey that began in 1966.

When the album’s track listing was revealed on October 13, 2017, “Glenn Song” was listed as one of three bonus tracks that can be found on the deluxe edition of I Knew You When. Along with the track listing, the album covers of both the 10-track standard edition and the 13-track deluxe edition were revealed as well, and the album became available for pre-order the same day. The standard edition is available on CD and 130-gram vinyl, while the deluxe edition is available on CD, as a digital download, and via select streaming services.

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Along with the announcement of I Knew You When on September 22, 2017, a cover version of Lou Reed’s “Busload of Faith” was released as the first single taken from the album. The song was originally released by Reed on his 1989 album New York. Seger recorded his version of the song at a studio session in Nashville during May 2017 and premiered it with his Silver Bullet Band at a concert in Cincinnati on September 21, 2017, as part of his Runaway Train tour. Besides Reed’s “Busload of Faith”, Seger included another cover song in the album, namely “Democracy”, which was written by Leonard Cohen and originally released on his 1992 album The Future.

A number of Seger’s own compositions for the album were written and originally recorded many years or even decades ago but remained unreleased at the time. The oldest one is the uptempo rock song “Runaway Train”, which was first recorded in 1993 for Seger’s fifteenth studio album, 1995’s It’s a Mystery. The upbeat “Blue Ridge”, which has been compared to Seger’s “Sightseeing” from 1991’s The Fire Inside, and the album’s title track, “I Knew You When”, both date back to 1997 and were potential candidates for Seger’s 2006 album Face the Promise. The anthem-like “Forward into the Past”, a song in the vein of Seger’s “American Storm” or “Even Now”, is from 1999 and was once to be the title track of his sixteenth studio album, while the ballad “Something More” is from 2001. The two tracks “I’ll Remember You” and “The Sea Inside”, the latter of which Seger described as “very Led Zeppelin”, were mentioned in interviews with Seger as early as 2011. They were to be included on his then upcoming seventeenth studio album, 2014’s Ride Out, but ultimately did not make it onto the album.

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Initially, the November 17 release date of I Knew You When would have marked the last day of the Runaway Train tour—named after the song of the same name from the album—that began on August 24, 2017, but Seger had to postpone all concert dates starting September 30 due to “an urgent medical issue with his vertebrae”. Of the 32 scheduled tour dates, Seger could complete 13 and had to postpone 19. (by wikipedia)

Mortality is on Bob Seger’s mind on I Knew You When, an album dedicated to his departed friend Glenn Frey. I Knew You When contains two tributes to Frey — the sepia-toned title track and “Glenn Song,” the latter available only on the album’s Deluxe Edition — but the onetime Eagle isn’t the only dead rock star to haunt the album. Seger covers Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen, both selections — “Busload of Faith” and “Democracy” — nodding to the American mess of 2017, another element that adds a sense of immediacy to the record. Despite these undercurrents of sentiment and politics, I Knew You When can’t quite be called a meditative, melancholy record, not with roughly half the record devoted to fist-pumping arena-fillers that feel piped in from several different eras.

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“Runaway Train” is confined by a robotic pulse that channels “Shakedown,” “The Highway” is dressed with ’80s synths, and “The Sea Inside” is a clumsy nod to Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” sounds that not only fight with Seger’s protests and tributes but fight with each other. These old-fashioned album rockers are so loud and awkward, they overshadow the excellent singer/songwriter album that lurks at the core of I Knew You When. Such imbalance makes I Knew You When a bit incoherent, yet in its quietest and angriest moments, it offers some of the best music Seger has made in the 21st century. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Jim “Moose” Brown (yynthesizer)
Tom Bukovac (guitar)
Mark Byerly (trumpet)
Chris Campbell (bass)
John Catchings (cello)
David Cole (guitar)
J.T. Corenflos (guitar)
Chad Cromwell (drums)
Eric Darken (percussion)
Craig Frost (clavinet, synthesizer)
Kenny Greenberg (guitar)
Richie Hayward (drums)
John Jarvis (synthesizer)
Bob Jensen (trumpet)
Jim Kaatz (guitar)
Keith Kaminski (saxophone)
Christopher Lee Lyons Design
Rob McNelley (guitar)
Tim Mitchell (guitar)
Greg Morrow (drums)
Steve Nathan (keyboards, synthesizer)
Billy Payne (piano, background vocals)
Carole Rabinowitz (cello)
Alto Reed (saxophone)
Deanie Richardson (fiddle)
Michael Rojas (piano)
John Rutherford Trombone
Bob Seger (vocals, guitar)
Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass)
Gerard Smerek (percussion)
Rick Vito (guitar)
Biff Watson (guitar)
Glenn Worf (bass)
Reese Wynans (keyboards)
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background vocals:
Herschel Boone – Terena Boone Vocals – Bekka Bramlett – Rosemary Butler – Laura Creamer – Donny Gerrard – Seth Morton – Shaun Murphy – Barbara Payton

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Tracklist:
01. Gracile (Seger) 2.48
02. Busload Of Faith (Reed) 4.32
03. The Highway (Seger)  3:38
04. “I Knew You When (Seger) 3:53
05. “I’ll Remember You (Seger) 3:48
06. “The Sea Inside (Seger) 4:14
07. “Marie(Seger) 3:26
08. “Runaway Train” Craig Frost, Tim Mitchell, Bob Seger 4:10
09. “Something More” (Seger)3:47
10. “Democracy” Leonard Cohen 6:32
Total length: 40:48
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. “Forward into the Past” Mark Chatfield, Frost, Seger 4:12
12. “Blue Ridge (Seger) 3:50
13. “Glenn Song (Seger) 2:49

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