Richard Strauss: Piano Works
This album features the three opuses of piano music published during Strauss's lifetime: the Five Pieces for Piano, op. 3, Piano Sonata in B minor, op. 5, and Stimmungsbilder (Mood Pictures), op. 9. Also included in the album is my solo piano transcription of Strauss's song 'Zueignung', op. 10 no. 1. Strauss wrote all of these works at a young age: he was sixteen when he completed op. 3 and op. 5, and nineteen when he finished op. 9. They show musical influences ranging from Beethoven to Mendelssohn, Schubert, Brahms, and Liszt. The album paints a fascinating picture of a composer 'in the making', and features works that are rarely heard.
Richard Strauss: Lieder op. 10, 15, 17
With Wallis Giunta, mezzo soprano
This album features Richard Strauss's first three published opuses of lieder. Contained in these opuses are some of Strauss's best loved lieder, including 'Zueignung', 'Die Nacht', 'Allerseelen', and 'Ständchen', but also many lesser known and seldom-performed songs that will delight listeners. Strauss is primarily known as a composer of large-scale operatic and orchestral works, but composed art songs throughout his life. His songs feature elements of true operatic drama, but also moments of tender intimacy that follow on the art song traditions of Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms. This album was recorded at the Venturing Hills Concert Studio in April 2014.
Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Wagner
This is my first album, recorded in 2012. Featured are some of the standard works in the piano repertoire, including Liszt's demonic 'Après une lecture du Dante', his transcription of 'Isolde's Liebestod' from Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde', and Brahms's symphonic Piano Sonata no. 3 in F minor. These works are paired with the little-known improvisatory Fantasie op. 77 by Beethoven, and my own transcription of the final song from Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, 'Träume'.