Monday, August 10, 2015

Joanne Pearce Martin, "Barefoot"

Joanne Pearce Martin is the Los Angeles Philharmonic's keyboardist, first appointed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. From Allentown, PA, she has performed in numerous settings, with the orchestra, as a soloist, as a guest artist, and in collaboration with other artists like Joshua Bell, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and others. This website indicates that she's a Steinway artist. The CD notes are reprinted here, where she writes (paraphrasing) how music ties aspects of her life together, whether she's in concert or recording, or shoeless at home or on the beach. She's also a pilot and skydiver!  

The CD, on the Yarlung label, is a wonderfully contrasted collection of pieces, beginning with Chopin’s G Minor Ballade, moving then to Mozart and then, with a surprisingly satisfying contrast, to John Adams' China Gates and Mark Carlson's subtly anti-war piece For Those Silenced. Among the next pieces, Martin performs the Berceuse by Josef Hofmann, two of Mendelssohn's solo piano works, Robert Muczynski's Prelude (like Chopin's preludes a brief piece), Meyer Kupferman’s Distances, and Gernot Wolfgang's poignant but jazzy Night Shift. Ending the disc are two of Chopin's Nocturnes.

I found a good summary of the CD at this site.  I ordered the CD from

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