This debut CD (including Heitzeg’s Sandhill Crane) by California pianist Teresa McCollough began as a nationwide call for original piano compositions by American composers. Three hundred scores later, she picked the best 7 to include on her recital programs and national tours. The result is a solid and exciting program of contemporary music in a variety of approachable styles and of uniform high quality.
Pianists will discover a wealth of new repertoire to include in recitals while listeners will be introduced to some of the best up-and-coming talent in today’s concert music. The music hints at jazz idioms, modernistic sonatas, and spacious, elegiac styles, all the while showing tremendous craft and personality.
- Teresa McCollough, piano
- “A Rome Prize winner, an Emmy Award winner, and a highly experienced composer (Tomas Svoboda) cross paths here, making a very beautiful recital which perfectly fits the original intent of ‘a solid program with diverse, accessible styles, in order to bring American music to a new audience.’ A pleasure to discover.” — by Rejean Beaucage, La Scena Musicale
- BAM! by David Rakowski
- Nocturnal by David Rakowski
- Close Enough for Jazz by David Rakowski
- Prelude and Fugue XIII by Henry Martin
- Vernacular Dances by Charles Griffin
- Sonata No. 2, Op. 121 by Tomas Svoboda
- Sonata for Piano by Alex Shapiro
- Sandhill Crane by Steve Heitzeg
- Strains and Restraint by Elizabeth Pizer
Sandhill Crane (excerpt)