Steinway & Sons presents a program of large scale and late-period Chopin works performed by pianist Andrew Rangell.
Chopin played with taste, elegance, and a cheerful offhandedness that avoids pretentiousness
“In my early training, surrounded by no lack of Chopinists, my own deepest explorations centered on Bach and Beethoven. Later, an infatuation with various Chopin mazurkas grew into a profoundly rewarding undertaking to study – and record – all of them. Now, many projects later, I have taken the opportunity to record some treasured larger-scale and late-period works, as a long-deferred act of devotion.”
“As far as I can tell, Andrew Rangell has never made a mediocre album, it comes as no surprise that his recordings of Chopin evince all of the joy and release that one might expect.”
“Throughout the recital, Rangell’s fluid capacities for inner voice and contrapuntal coloring add a degree of tension and harmonic depth to the experience.”
Chopin Recital / Andrew Rangell • STNS 30038
Release Date: 11/11/2014
Recorded July, 2013 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, Massachusetts.
Producer: Andrew Rangell
Recording Engineer: Tom Stephenson
Editing/Mastering: Brad Michel
Piano Technician: Christine Lovgren
Piano: Steinway Model D #586518 (New York)
Executive Producers: Eric Feidner, Jon Feidner
Art Direction: Oberlander Group
About the Artist
One of our most eloquent and probing interpreters of the major keyboard works of Bach and Beethoven, pianist Andrew Rangell is also acclaimed for a wide variety of recordings, which range from the music of Sweelinck, Farnaby, and Gibbons to Nielsen, Ives, Enescu, Bartók, Janáček, Schoenberg, Christian Wolff, and many others. Mr. Rangell’s Bach recordings embrace the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, the French suites, the Art of Fugue, the Well-tempered Clavier (Bk. 1), the B minor French Overture, Italian Concerto, and smaller works.
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. A hand injury sustained in 1991 forced Mr. Rangell to gradually alter the trajectory of his career, and eventually to place his highest priority on recording. In recent years he 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.