Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

by Anthony de Mare
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Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0028948117802
catalogNumber: 002378802
Rank: 153955

Tracks

  1. Now/Later/Soon, for piano (after Sondheim)
  2. The Ballad of Guiteau, for piano (after Sondheim)
  3. Not While I'm Around, for piano (after Sondheim)
  4. Being Alive, for piano (after Sondheim)
  5. Notes on Beautiful, for piano (after Sondheim)
  6. Merrily We Roll Along, for piano (after Sondheim)
  7. Every Day a Little Death, for piano (after Sondheim)
  8. Into the Woods, for piano (after Sondheim)
  9. Sunday in the Park - Passages, for piano (after Sondheim)
  10. Everybody's Got the Right, for piano (after Sondheim)
  11. going ... gone, for piano (after Sondheim)
  12. A Child of Children and Art, for piano (after Sondheim)
  13. Another Hundred People, for piano (after Sondheim)
  14. In and Out of Love, for piano (after Sondheim)
  15. Somone in a Tree, paraphrase for piano (after Sondheim)
  16. Pretty Women, for piano (after Sondheim)
  17. Epiphany, for piano (after Sondheim)
  18. Love Is in the Air, for piano (after Sondheim)
  19. I'm Still Here, for piano (after Sondheim)
  20. Very Put Together, for piano (after Sondheim)
  21. I Think About You, for piano (after Sondheim)
  22. The Worst Empanadas in London, for piano (after Sondheim)
  23. Send in the Clowns, for piano (after Sondheim)
  24. The Demon Barber, for piano (after Sondheim)
  25. I'm Excited. No You're Not, for piano (after Sondheim)
  26. A Bowler Hat, for piano (after Sondheim)
  27. No One Is Alone, for piano (after Sondheim)
  28. Sorry-Grateful, for piano (after Sondheim)
  29. That Old Piano Roll, for piano (after Sondheim)
  30. You Could Drive a Person Crazy, for piano (after Sondheim)
  31. Johanna in Space, for piano (after Sondheim)
  32. Birds of Victorian England, for piano (after Sondheim)
  33. Perpetual Happiness, for piano (after Sondheim)
  34. The Ladies Who Lunch, for piano (after Sondheim)
  35. Finishing the Hat, for 2 pianos (after Sondheim)
  36. Color and Light, for piano (after Sondheim)
  37. A Little Night Fughetta, for piano (after Sondheim)

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Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BeFlat More than 1 year ago
"Isn't it rich?" indeed! I love this project, which I've been following for a few years online and in performances. So I was thrilled to come across this review on the website beyondcriticism, where the esteemed critic Matthew Gurewitsch encourages readers to "explore Liaisons in its exhilarating entirety" and goes so far as to suggest that "what De Mare hath wrought, with the help of his many collaborators, adds up [to] a collective Goldberg Variations for Sondheim." His review is so eloquent and on-the-money that I will quote it at length here: "Miniatures require concentration, all the more when they emanate from many hands. Beginning in 2007, the pianist Anthony de Mare, proud champion of new music, has commissioned three-dozen encore-length tributes to Stephen Sondheim. The resulting candy box, released last week as "Liaisons" on three generous CD's, opens with William Bolcom's whirling, contrapuntal "A Little Night Fughetta" (on the theme "Anyone Can Whistle"), followed by Nico Muhly's percussive "Color and Light" and mimimalist pioneer Steve Reich overdubbed 2-piano version of "Finishing the Hat"—a first indication of the imaginative range. Few listeners, I wager, will recognize everyone in the lineup, but marquee names abound, including, in order of appearance, Duncan Sheik, Wynton Marsalis, Fred Hersch, Jake Heggie, Frederic Rzewski, John Musto, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriel Kahane, Tania León, and Michael Daugherty. Inevitably, certain personalities impose themselves more boldly than others; the pieces run the gamut from deferential transcription to bold Lisztian paraphrase. Along the way come surprises galore, in nearly as many idioms as there are composers. In length they range from one minute and forty-one seconds to nine minutes even. Some take their titles from the Sondheim songbook; some ring inventive changes ("Johanna in Space," "The Worst [Empanadas] in London"). Background music this is not. De Mare renders lyricism with a dreamy, even gossamer touch; in rambunctious numbers, he goes gorgeously bananas. Yet even the wildest inventions never obscure our octogenarian wunderkind of the American musical: in melodic gestures, in harmonies, in the metrics of his lyrics, he is there. Isn't it rich?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pianist Anthony de Mare, an admitted Sondheim devotee, has said that he enlisted the participating composers to expand the piano repertoire while celebrating the work of Stephen Sondheim. The result is a success on both counts. The Sondheim genius is unmistakable throughout, even when his music has been re-imagined to the point where occasionally it can only scarcely be recognized. And the piano pieces presented here will no doubt be beguiling and challenging a new generation of aspiring pianists, who will find plenty of heart-breakers and show-stoppers here, along with some more arcane fare. (One could say the same about all of Sondheim’s music!) Never, I suspect, will they be again performed with the sensitivity and virtuosity on display in de Mare’s piano playing, which adapts astonishingly well to an exceptionally wide range of sounds and styles.