Jan 19: pianist Liza Stepanova releases new album "Tones & Colors" inspired by visual art

November 17, 2017

Pianist Liza Stepanova, praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” announces the January 19, 2018 release of her album Tones & Colors on Concert Artists Guild Records.

 

This collection showcases the cross-pollination between visual and aural media through 13 pieces of music, spanning the centuries between Bach and Ligeti, inspired by paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

 

The CD includes works by Enrique Granados, Maurice Ohana, Joaquín Turina, Fanny Hensel, Bohuslav Martinů, Claude Debussy, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Crumb, György Ligeti, Lyonel Feininger, and Leopold Godowsky, each paired with a piece of visual art.

 

On the genesis of this album, Stepanova notes, “This has been a project long in the making. I have had an interest in visual art ever since traveling Europe as a child and going to the wonderful museums in Germany, France, and Italy. Later, by playing musical works that were obviously connected to art (Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Poulenc’s Work of a Painter songs), I became more interested in the intersections between art and music and went on to curate recitals exploring these connections for my then-ensemble, SongFusion, and various summer festivals.”

 

Learn more about the album at www.liza-stepanova.com/tones-colors

 

Track list:

 

A SPANISH ROOM

 

1.

Music: Enrique Granados (1867-1916): The Strawman, DLR II:5 (1911) 4:30
Visual Art: Francisco Goya (1746-1892): The Straw Manikin (1791-92)
 

2.
Music: Maurice Ohana (1913-1992): Bury Them And Be Silent (from Three Caprices) (1944) 5:35
Visual Art: Francisco Goya (1746-1892): Bury Them And Be Silent (from The Disasters of War) (1810-1814)

 

3.
Music: Joaquín Turina (1882-1949): Before “The Lances” by Velazquez (from Contemplación, op. 99) (1944) 4:35
Visual Art: Diego Velazquez (1599-1660): The Surrender of Breda (1635)


NATURE AND IMPRESSIONISM

 

4.

Music: Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847): September: At the River (from The Year) (1844) 3:55
Visual Art: Wilhelm Hensel (1794-1861): September (1844)

 

5.
Music: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959): Butterflies in the Flowers (from Butterflies and Birds of Paradise) (1920) 4:21
Visual Art: Max Švabinský (1873-1962): Butterfly Paintings (various years)
 

6.
Music: Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Goldfish (from Images, Book II) (1907) 4:00
Visual Art: Nanzhou (Japan, 19th century): Goldfish (19th Century)


CONVERSATIONS ACROSS TIME

 

7-8.

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Prelude in E-flat minor, BWV 853 (from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I) (1722) 3:41
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Fugue in E-flat minor, BWV 853 (from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I) (1722) 4:40
Visual Art: Heinrich Neugeboren (1901-1959): Sculptural Representation of a Fugue by J.S. Bach (E-flat minor, BWV 853, mm. 52-55) (1928; 1968-70)
 

9.
Music: George Crumb (b. 1929): Adoration of the Magi (from A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D.1979) (1980) 2:01
Visual Art: Giotto di Bondone (1266-1337): Adoration of the Magi (1303-1305)
 

10.
Music: Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956): Fugue in E-flat minor (1921) 6:14
Visual Art: Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956): General output (various years)


WAGNER, INFINITY, AND AN ENCORE

 

11.

Music: Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Overture to Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner, a concert paraphrase, S442 (1849) 16:31
Visual Art: Paul Cézanne (1839-1906): Girl at the Piano (Overture to Tannhäuser) (1869) and Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904): Tannhauser on the Venusberg (1864)
 

12.
Music: György Ligeti (1923-2006): Etude No. 14, “Infinite Column” (1993) 2:04
Visual Art: Constantin Brâncuşi (1876-1957): Infinite Column (1938)
 

13.
Music: Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938): Watteau-Paysage No. 8 (from Triakontameron) (1919-1920) 1:48
Visual Art: Antoine Watteau (1684-1721): Mezzetin (1733)

 

 

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