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Heroic Tales: Piano Music of Edward MacDowell[CD]
~ Fred Karpoff
Internationally acclaimed pianist Fred Karpoff has concertized as both soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, including at the Franz Liszt Hochschüle für Musik in Weimar, Germany; the Theatre d'Esch in Luxembourg; the American Cultural Center in Brussels, Belgium; the University of Cape Coast in Ghana; the Bulawayo Academy of Music in Zimbabwe; the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland; the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland; Merkin Hall in New York City; and several venues in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Peabody Conservatory, He has performed at major music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, and has collaborated and collaborated with many of America's foremost musicians. In 2007, he formed the Boccaccio Trio with violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo and cellist David LeDoux. Currently a professor at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music, Karpoff has served as Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency and is a prizewinner in several international piano competitions. With award-winning documentary filmmaker, Richard Breyer (Freedom's Call, North of 49, Esta Esperanza), he has produced 3-D Piano, a 6-DVD series on piano playing and teaching, released in 2009. Fred Karpoff is a Steinway Artist. Heroic Tales: Piano Music of Edward MacDowell features the 'Eroica' and 'Norse' Sonatas, Opp. 50 and 57, and the Sea Pieces, Op. 55. MacDowell has long been considered the first American composer of serious stature, as well as one of the first to gain international respect. His romantic music exhibits strong appeal for audiences, whether it is through beautiful melodies, miniature impressions, or epic story telling. "Certainly, anyone with an interest in late-19th century Romanticism that does not know this composer should hear this CD. Karpoff does an excellent job of conveying the swagger and beauty of the music." --Fanfare It is clear that Karpoff has an affinity for this music. What I like best is the large and rich sound he produces. He gives this American Romantic's music a warm and confident reading. The slow movement of the second sonata (Eroica) is especially beautiful, and a tribute to this fine pianist's sensitivity." --American Record Guide.
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