New American Piano Music

New American Piano Music

Jazz idioms, modernistic sonatas, and elegiac styles. A little bit of column A, B, and C, please.
Tomas Svoboda
Alex Shapiro
Charles Griffin
Henry Martin
Steve Heitzeg
David Rakowski
Elizabeth Pizer
Teresa McCollough
Catalog Number: 
new classical

Santa Clara, CA

Release Date: 
May 25, 2001
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
One Sheet: 

This impressive debut CD 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.



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. - Rejean Beaucage


The voices of contemporary composers are so difficult to discover these days. It's one thing to read about fine new writers, but unless we seek them out and take the time to listen and tell others of our experiences, these voices will quietly fade away. Here is an opportunity to explore the music of seven such composers of modern American music. Most of this material was written within the past decade, and all of it is thrillingly performed. I am especially fond of Alex Shapiro's piano sonata. By turns contemplative, wistful and joyous, it's a highlight on a disc filled with bright and engaging new voices. - Tovah's Mom