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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:13 pm 
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I'm delighted to announce that my A Night at the Opera CD of operatic transcriptions and paraphrases which I recorded last year and released via CD Baby is going to be (re-)released next year on the Divine Art label. This follows on from the very positive reviews I've already had (see here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5659)

To avoid confusion with Divine Art's transcription CD of the same name by Anthony Goldstone, the CD will be released under the new title of The Operatic Pianist. http://www.divine-art.co.uk/forthcoming.htm (near the bottom of the page).

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:24 pm 
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That's great, Andrew! Congratulations!!

(but where is your photo? :wink: )

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:40 pm 
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Hooray Andrew!!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:37 am 
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pianolady wrote:
(but where is your photo? :wink: )


Hehe. It will probably be one of the ones I sent for the CD inlay, but at this moment I don't know!

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Wow, awesome, kudos ! A small connoisseurs' label, but a good one seeing they have artists like Ian Pace on the roll. May it sell like hot buns and herald the start of a fruitful career. I wonder what you next CD is going to be about.

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Oh, boy! You are getting somewhere!

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Wow, awesome, kudos ! A small connoisseurs' label, but a good one seeing they have artists like Ian Pace on the roll. May it sell like hot buns and herald the start of a fruitful career. I wonder what you next CD is going to be about.


I'm quite impressed by the range of titles and artists they have. They also have a tie-up with Naxos Digital Library, which has to be a good thing. I wouldn't mind learning the Liapunov Transcendentals, but I don't think I can play all of them! Also I think completist recording projects carry the risk that the performer isn't so focussed with some of the pieces. Revisiting some of Alkan's music would be worthwhile, but a CD's worth of material probably constitutes more work than I'm prepared to put in. So, particularly as I feel I've found an albeit small niche, I'm inclined to do a sequel - I have about 45-50 mins worth of material chosen, but need to select another 2/3 pieces. It's a complicated business choosing pieces - I don't see any point in selecting heavily recorded pieces unless you have very firm opinions about the music, but it seems to me that many rarely / un- recorded paraphrases aren't much more than exercises in notespinning, so finding meritorious rarities can be an uphill struggle. Then you have to select them so there's some sort of balance - fast/slow etc.

As a footnote I can say to everyone that it seems like a minor miracle has taken place. I never expected this to happen when I made the disc and it has only happened through luck, because one of the reviewers was sufficiently taken with it that he, with my permission, passed it on to various record companies to sample and that resulted in further interest.

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andrew wrote:
As a footnote I can say to everyone that it seems like a minor miracle has taken place. I never expected this to happen when I made the disc and it has only happened through luck, because one of the reviewers was sufficiently taken with it that he, with my permission, passed it on to various record companies to sample and that resulted in further interest.
I believe such a stroke of luck has launched many an artists's recording career.

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I happened to see the other day some paraphrases by Pabst, a German pianist that was active in Russia and was a friend of Tchaikovsky. If they are any good, I cannot say.

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I've played around with two of Pabst's Tchaikovsky transcriptions. I particularly like the Sleeping Beauty one but my inclination to record it/learn it properly is somewhat tempered by the fact that Earl Wild made a fantastic recording of it in the 60s.

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You can't do that one anyway - Sleeping Beauty is not opera :P

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That is very true! I decided against including the Pletnev Nutcracker arrangement in an opera-themed recital for exactly that reason.

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What about the one on themes from Evgenij Onjegin?

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That is the other one I've looked at. By coincidence, I was listening to Shura Cherkassky playing it the other day - playing full of character and elegance.

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I must listen to it too. The opera is one of my favourites (this coming from one who is neither an opera addict or Tchaikovsky fan).

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Hi everyone, I hope I can be forgiven for posting a little update!

Looks like a fortnight till release. :) and pre-release info is going out.

The CD is on the cover of the Divine Art newsletter (middle).
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and, if you are in the US, and you see the Naxos catalogue, I'm in there on p38.
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Very nice, Andrew!! :)

You should try sending one of your CD's to the classical radio station from Chicago that I listen to. It's 98.7 WFMT. Here is the link:

https://www.wfmt.com/

One of their weekly programs on Sunday mornings is all 'new releases'. They have a huge audience and also stream live on the Internet.

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Thanks for that link. I'll see if I can find out to whom Divine Art will be circulating copies within the US - the one caveat I have is that I was warned by a professional contact that it's difficult for private individuals to attain reviews/airplay and in honesty I think it's also better manners to, having signed a contract, send a CD as the "official" release.

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This must be very exciting indeed. The first step in what is hopefully a nice career.
Pity about the spelling mistake (Scotisch). Maybe they can still correct that ?

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Yes, exciting - and very gratifying after the work that went into it.

The spelling mistake didn't go unnoticed on my part! I doubt it is fixable; I think the catalogue has already been distributed. It will be interesting to see what reviewers make of the CD - I've already had the two very positive reviews from MusicWeb International (of the original self-released CD) but I anticipate that this issue is more likely to get widespread reviews.

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It's official release day today! It's lovely, and very encouraging, to read this:
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Super exciting, Andrew!!! :)

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Nice review in this weekend's (London) Sunday Times:
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