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Schumann, Carter and Stravinsky

by Eric Huebner

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The three works on this disc were chosen in part to represent different aspects of my career as a pianist. Schumann’s music has been a near constant for me since I first started playing the piano. Carter and Stravinsky have come into my repertoire more recently as my professional career has featured me most often in the music of 20th and 21st century composers. Finally, Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Pétroushka carries a special significance. I’ve played the piano part of the orchestral ballet score countless times with the New York Philharmonic over the years and can’t help but hear the sounds of the orchestra when I perform his 1921 arrangement for solo piano.
Elliott Carter wrote that he found inspiration for his work Night Fantasies in the early, large-scale piano works by Schumann. In particular, he sought to emulate the mercurial quality of Schumann’s music – the rapid shifts of character and mood. In this respect, Carter’s Night Fantasies is the linchpin for the disc as we travel from the intensely personal and volatile world of Schumann, through the dense forest of the Carter, to emerge in the folktale setting of Stravinsky’s ballet.
I hope listeners will enjoy the journey!

-Eric Huebner


released April 10, 2015

I would like to thank the University at Buffalo College of Arts & Sciences for generously providing the funding for this disc. It would not have been possible without their support and the support of my many colleagues and mentors.

This disc is dedicated to my lovely wife Carrie and our two sons, Henry and Atticus.

Recorded May 15-17, 2012 in Lippes Concert Hall on the campus of the University at Buffalo (SUNY)
New York Steinway, Model D
Production: Adam Abeshouse and Eric Huebner
Mastering: Adam Abeshouse
Sound Engineer: Christopher Jacobs
Piano Technician: Gary Shipe

Headshot photo: Lisa Marie-Mazzucco
Cover photo (Isla Elide, Baja, California): David Huebner
Design: Marc Wolf




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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