NEW 2014 CD release (Com)Passionate!
About the works
“(Com)Passionate Music includes two contrasting movements: I. Passionate is very energetic and powerful, and II. Compassionate is vulnerable and warm. Passion, the zeal within you, makes you move forward; and compassion, the heart for others, compels you to reach out. Passion and compassion together seem more effective than one without the other.” – Elliott Bark
Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 is a monumental work originally written for solo piano. Inspired by J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, the full piece is over two and a half hours long and cycles through all 24 major and minor keys. Each key contains a prelude and a fugue in contrasting style. The three selected for this recording are Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, No. 5 in D Major, and No. 24 in D Minor.
Debussy’s six-movement suite Children’s Corner was written for solo piano and was dedicated to his daughter Claude-Emma who was three years old at the time of composition. It was not intended to be performed by children, but is rather an adult’s nostalgic reminiscence of childhood which features several children’s toys brought to life musically. It was published in 1908 and in 1911 the work was arranged for an orchestra by Debussy’s good friend André Caplet.