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    Clara Schumann

    Hi everyone, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to a very fine concert pianist, Frederick Moyer.

    I worked with Fred on this Clara Schumann Concerto in A Minor, and it is finally finished and released on Fred's label JRI recordings.

    Please visit his website and purchase some beautiful music created with Garritan Instruments, and listen to Fred playing a real Steinway Grand piano along with a Garritan Midi Orchestra.

    Here is the information in Fred's words,
    and a snippet demo of some of the Schumann Concerto...

    Dan

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    Dear Friends:

    I am writing to let you know about two new CD releases, fruits of a nine-month “sabbatical” from performing that I took in 2007. Each recording has been fascinating to put together and each in its own way expands the boundaries of classical music.

    Thank you for your continued support over the years. I wish you all the best for a wonderful holiday season and a happy healthy 2009.

    Yours,




    Tribute: Jazz Arts Trio

    Frederick Moyer, Piano
    Peter Tillotson, Bass
    Peter Fraenkel, Drums



    Edward Macdowell & Clara Schumann: Two Piano Concerti

    Edward MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 23
    Frederick Moyer, Pianist
    The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
    Nayden Todorov, Conductor
    Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 7
    Frederick Moyer, Pianist
    Midi orchestra created by Dan Kury
    William Rounds, Solo Cellist

    Features two works for piano and orchestra, brilliantly written for the soloist by two of the most prominent pianists of the 19th century. Many consider Edward MacDowell's Concerto No. 2 to be the finest piano concerto by an American during the Romantic era, and Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor the finest piano concerto by a female composer during the same period. This recording is unique in that it utilizes two experimental approaches to creating a concerto recording. In the MacDowell Concerto, the orchestra was recorded alone and the piano part added later. In the Clara Schumann Concerto, the orchestra was created by talented midi artist Dan Kury using a midi keyboard, two computers and sampled sounds. The results in both pieces are stunningly beautiful and realistic.

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    Dan:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the results of your recreation of the orchestra accompanying Mr. Moyer in the Clara Schmann concerto. He is certainly a fine pianist and I continue to marvel at the magnificent results that you acchieve with the midi orchestra.

    My best to you as we embark upon a new year.

    David Mauney

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    Beautifully done, Dan!

    Many congratulations to you, and to Maestro Moyer as well!

    All the best,



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    Re: Clara Schumann

    This really works. It makes for a very enjoyable listen.

    The virtual orchestra may not be totally realistic but I think it brings out the beauty of the acoustic piano and Frederick Moyer's artistry.

    A great combination Dan.



    Phil

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    Re: Clara Schumann

    Hi Dan, I just got my CD. I will post again after I have heard the entire work.
    I like the "19th Century Romanticism Meets 21st Century Technology" sub title. John

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    Thanks John,
    I sure hope you enjoy it!!!

    Dan

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    Oh man, this is truly amazing! You really have done a fine job on this orchestration. I wasn't familiar with this work although I am a great admirer of both Robert and Clara Schumann.
    The allegro Finale is really something. I just can't really grasp how you can do the magic that you have put together here. You should really be proud of this achievement Dan, and I imagine Gary must be thrilled to see and hear this as well. Quite a fantastic use of his great products.
    I love the middle movement also, although I realize this is a real cellist.
    I am stunned to think that Clara wrote this at the age of seventeen. I read that she had help from Robert, her friend and suitor at the time, with the orchestration. Amazing young and talented people. In my reading, I came across this quote I found very interesting.
    "I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose — there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?"

    —Clara Schumann at 20.





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    Quote Originally Posted by bigears
    "I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose — there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?"

    —Clara Schumann at 20.




    wow!

    I was under the impression that she wrote the concerto when she was just fourteen and after they were married Robert decided to orchestrate it.

    Who knows? All I know is it is an incredible piece of music that hits me right in the soul when listening.

    Thank you John, Fred's words in the booklet about computers and classical music is so well written too.
    I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Dan

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    Wow Dan! You never cease to amaze. You always aspire us to new heights by showing what can be done.

    And many complements to Frederick for his interpretation and performance. The two of you make a great team.

    Thanks for posting this!

    Bravo!

    Gary

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    thank you Gary, I appreciate your generous words.

    Have a great time at NAMM!

    Dan

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