Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lara Downes: '13 WAYS of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined' by Contemporary Composers

[13 WAYS of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined; Lara Downes, solo piano; Tritone Records]

Lara Downes can be seen and heard via the links below. The audio samples every track of the recording, which is available from numerous music retailers online:

“Dear Friends,
I am thrilled to announce that my new CD 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE GOLDBERG is being released today on the Tritone label!”

"13 WAYS is the world premiere recording of this amazing and beautiful set of new reimaginings of Bach's Goldberg Variations, written by thirteen of today's most remarkable composers. These brilliant contemporary voices invoke the Goldbergs in broadly different ways, celebrating both the eternal beauty of Bach's music and the musical evolutions of the past 250 years.

J.S. Bach: Aria from Goldberg Variations
Fred Lerdahl: Chasing Goldberg
Jennifer Higdon: The Gilmore Variation
Bright Sheng: Variation Fugato
Lukas Foss: Goldmore Variation
Derek Bermel: Kontraphunktus
Fred Hersch: Melancholy Minuet
C. Curtis-Smith: Rube Goldberg Variation
Stanley Walden: Fantasy Variation
Ryan Brown: Ornament
Mischa Zupko: Ghost Variation
David del Tredici: My Goldberg
William Bolcom: Yet Another Goldberg Variation
Ralf Gothoni: Variation on Variation with Variation
J.S. Bach: Aria (Reprise)
Dave Brubeck: Chorale
Lukas Foss: Prelude in D
J.S. Bach: Sarabande from French Suite V

this video for some of my thoughts about the album:

Catch upcoming performances of 13 WAYS
[See website for details, beginning with
Friday September 16, 4pm]

"Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this project, from its very beginnings up through the album release today. I'm so excited to share this music with you, and I hope you love it as much as I do.
Best wishes,

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