PIANO SONORITIES  RR7929

BETTY R. WISHART

 

OVERVIEW

 

On her debut release on Ravello Records, PIANO SONORITIES, composer Betty R. Wishart presents a collection of her solo piano works, performed by award-winning pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, which highlights the composer’s use of distinctive harmonic structures, tension, and space.

 

In many of Wishart’s works including Toccata II, Toccata III, Sonata, and Night Visions, the composer employs the intervals of seconds, fourths, and sevenths to create melodic and harmonic material which unifies the style of her writing while creating a variety of colors and textures throughout the album. Variations on a Folk Melody is based on a straight-forward pentatonic hymn-like tune, delivering twelve variations that explore polytonality, contrapuntal devices, and diverse pianistic possibilities. Works such as Remembrance, Sonata (“the Kohinoor”), and Sonata II are expressive works that depict an exploration of the human condition, discussing loss and grief, as well as contemplation, doubt, and resolution.

 

This album features a web-application which features liner notes, composer biographies, study scores, and more:

http://www.ravellorecords.com/pianosonorities

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Betty R. Wishart’s music has been performed in Europe, South Korea, Russia, and throughout the United States at diverse venues and institutions including Academia Filarmonica di Bologna (Italy), International Composers Symposiums (France), Cape Fear New Music Festival (NC), the American Swedish Institute (MN), Music of American Women (NYC), and Carmichael Hall (Washington, DC)

 

A member of the music faculty at Campbell University, Wishart has received awards from American Pen Women, Composers Guild, and American College of Musicians

 

Betty R. Wishart has received 2009 and 2015 Regional Artist Project Support Grants from  the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.”

 

Canadian-born pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi’s playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide). Mainly Piano has hailed, “Astolfi is the rare artist who seems as comfortable with traditional classics as she is with more experimental music. … astonishing pianism … and her recordings never fail to impress”

 

Astolfi is featured on the Ravello Records reissues of composer Phillip Schroeder’s SONGS OF MY AFFINITIES, MUSIC FOR PIANO, WISCONSIN SOUNDSCAPES

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

Betty R. Wishart

 

Betty R. Wishart’s music has been performed in Europe, South Korea, Russia, and throughout the United States at diverse venues including Academia Filarmonica di Bologna (Italy), International Composers Symposiums (France), Cape Fear New Music Festival (NC), Third Street Music Settlement School (NYC), American Swedish Institute (MN), University of California (Los Angeles CA), Third, Scots & Mariners Church (Philadelphia PA), San Jose State University (CA)  Music of American Women (NYC), Seoul National University, (Seoul, Korea), Carmichael Hall (Washington DC), Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame (WI) and conferences of Delta Omicron, Society of Composers, Inc., Southeastern Composers’ League, Florida Music Teachers Association, American Pen Women, National Association of Composers, USA and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.

 

A member of the music faculty at Campbell University, she has been credited in numerous publications including Who’s Who in Music, World Who’s Who of Women, Personalities of the South, and has received awards from American Pen Women, Composers Guild, American College of Musicians, and ASCAP. Most recently she was awarded a 2015 Regional Artist Project Support Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

 

 

www.bettywishart.com

 

 

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi

 

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide).  Her repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance era through the present, clearly affirms her keen interest in new music, which has led her to commission and premiere many new solo and collaborative works – music that has been featured on live radio broadcasts and released by Albany Records, Capstone Records, Innova Recordings, Ravello Records, Ravello Records’ Capstone Collection, Seamus Recordings, as well as various recordings for the Society of Composers Inc. Performers Recording Series including the inaugural disc, mélange:  new music for piano and its successors, Sonance:  new music for piano and Chroma:  new music for piano.

 

The recipient of numerous performance and research awards and grants, Astolfi’s passion for new music has been recognized by invitations to many regional, national, and international music forums, where she has premiered and lectured on new piano music.  Astolfi also frequently serves as a piano clinician, coach, and master class instructor.  She is an active member in various local, state, and national music associations, serves on the governing board of PianoArts ( a North American piano competition, festival, and fellowship organization) and is a founding member of duoARtia with pianist Holly Roadfeldt.  Currently serving as an Artist in Residence at Piedmont College, Dr. Astolfi’s advanced studies in piano performance were with pianists Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Tom Plaunt (McGill University), and Lydia Artymiw (University of Minnesota), with whom she completed doctoral studies.

 

www.jeri-mae.com

 

 

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Release Date: March 11, 2016

Catalog #: RR7929

 

 

TRACK LISTING

 

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi, piano

 

Sonata II

1 I.    Prelude 

2 II.   Capriccio

3 III.  Finale

 

Night Visions Suite

I.

5 II. 

III.

IV.

 

8 Toccata III

 

Sonata

Adagio-Scherzo-Adagio

 

Variations on a Folk Melody

10 Theme

11 Variation 1

12 Variation 2

13 Variation 3 

14 Variation 4 

15 Variation 5

16 Variation 6

17 Variation 7

18 Variation 8 

19 Variation 9 

20 Variation 10

21 Variation 11 

22 Variation 12

 

23  Remembrance

 

24  Toccata II

 

 

CREDITS

 

All tracks recorded July 16, 2015 at Scott Concert Hall,

Campbell University, in Buies Creek NC

Engineer Charles Phillips

Editing Dave Erwin at Technoman Studios, in Jasper GA

Piano Technician Melvin Frye

 

This recording was made possible with a Regional Artist Project

Support Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Designer Ryan Harrison

A&R Alex Bourne

Marketing Specialist Morgan MacLeod

 

 

 

ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi

WISCONSIN SOUNDSCAPES

RR7903

 

 

 

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