Listeners of all ages will find in this recital a lively and absorbing array of pieces, arranged in much the same spirit as in Volume 1.
A bonus DVD, What Sal Heard, presents the highly interesting case of Salvatore Pico, a small boy with gifted ears and an active imagination!
On May 7, 2021 Steinway & Sons will release Beethoven 4 Kids, Volume 2 (STNS 30177) from concert pianist Andrew Rangell, a lively and absorbing array of pieces, arranged in much the same spirit as in Volume 1.
A sequence of smaller pieces (bagatelles mostly) prepares the way for the larger, more complex, sonata movements. Among these is the opening movement of the Moonlight sonata, whose fateful and instantly recognizable triplet figure exerts its hypnotic power throughout a quite long journey.
This collection is sure to be enjoyed by listeners of all ages.
“Rangell takes the listener on a kind of transcendental, spiritual journey through Beethoven’s late piano works. What strikes me immediately about Rangell’s performances are his easeful lyricism and his sunny, joyful interpretation.”
About the Artist
Andrew Rangell enjoyed drawing pictures long before he began studying piano at age nine. He drew many pictures even while attending The Juilliard School, which nonetheless awarded him a doctoral degree in piano (and exhibited his cartoons in the library). Andrew Rangell is now a much-admired concert pianist and recording artist. His more than 30 CDs encompass 4 centuries of keyboard music, from Sweelinck and Gibbons to Schoenberg, Fartein Valen, and Christian Wolff.
Rangell made his New York debut as winner of the Malraux Award of the Concert Artists’ Guild, and has since performed and lectured throughout the United States, and in Europe, Israel, and China. He has also taught on the faculties of Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Tufts University.
In the 1980s, already recognized as a distinctive recitalist and collaborative artist, Mr. Rangell gained national attention — and the award of an Avery Fisher Career Grant — for his vivid traversals of the complete Beethoven sonata–cycle in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Rochester, Denver, and other US cities. His Beethoven recordings include the late sonatas, bagatelles, and Diabelli Variations, as well as many earlier sonatas, variations, and seldom-heard pieces.
In recent years Andrew Rangell has created several DVDs for children — integrating his special talents as author, illustrator, narrator, and pianist.
About Steinway & Sons label
The STEINWAY & SONS music label produces exceptional albums of solo piano music across all genres. The label — a division of STEINWAY & SONS, maker of the world’s finest pianos — is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.