Thursday, May 19, 2011

'Awadagin Pratt: Beethoven Piano Sonatas 7, 9, 30 & 31' on EMI; Pianist's Telarc & Navona CDs Released in April

[Awadagin Pratt: Beethoven Piano Sonatas 7, 9, 30 & 31; EMI (2011)]

Two recordings of Awadagin Pratt were released in April. Telarc issued Johannes Brahms, Works for Cello and Piano. Cellist Zuill Bailey joined pianist Awadagin Pratt on CD for the first time. Eternal Evolution came next, with four works of composer Judith Lang Zaimont performed by Awadagin Pratt and the Harlem Quartet on the Navona label.

Sergio Mims tells us Awadagin Pratt: Beethoven Piano Sonatas 7, 9, 30 & 31, is to be issued by EMI in June. Awadagin Pratt informs AfriClassical: "Beethoven is rerelease of 1994/5 disc on emi Europe."

EMI's United Kingdom website says:
Awadagin Pratt
Series: EMI Classics
Released: 06/06/2011
Cat. No: 0269772
Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. Early in his career, Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition becoming the first African-American classical instrumentalist to win first prize in this international competition. Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, his second release from EMI Classics, Pratt tackles Beethoven’s late piano sonatas with a robust freshness and unaffected musicality. The result is intimate, playful, and charming.”

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