RUNES, the new album by composer Robert Dusek and pianist Bryan Pezzone, is a compilation of specially selected solo piano
works, and provides the listener with an immersive and cohesive
listening experience. Often sparse, sometimes impetuous – "The music is at once very stark, and then seems to propel
itself to the next scene or chapter with some unseen, and unheard,
energy", says PARMA Recordings Lead Producer, Andy Happel.
Several stand-alone works appear, cleverly embedded, in the twelve-song program. Track one is a prelude-and our journey begins. Tracks two through four constitute, separately, Dusek's Piano Sonata No. 2, and after an intermezzo, the listener receives the Piano Sonata No. 3. Tracks seven, eight, and nine: "After the Rain", "Cloud Chaser", and "Light" constitute a larger embedded work, Autumn Sky. The album sets the audience down gently with a gorgeous and meditative postlude.
Robert Dusek is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in composition, including Columbia University's Bearns Prize, the ASCAP Raymond-Hubbard Award, an A.H.A.B. – the Neodata Fellowship for his Symphony No. 1, and others. His music has been performed world wide and recorded by such groups as North-South Consonance and the Warsaw Philharmonic.