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Pianist Anthony de Mare invited 36 composers from a wide variety of backgrounds – contemporary classical music, jazz, pop, film music, musical theatre, and more – to ‘re-imagine' a song of their choice by Stephen Sondheim as a solo piano piece. Recording sessions for this 3-CD set spanned a four-year period, from November 2010 to November 2014. The result is a remarkable compendium of new music as well as a testament to the depth of the source material.
Sondheim is more than America's preeminent composer of musical theatre, and his influence has resonated far beyond Broadway. "I created this project," says Anthony De Mare, "because I wanted to show Sondheim's influence on composers of many different genres and I also wanted to enhance and add to the piano repertoire with a whole new body of work. This project breaks open the boundaries between musical theatre and concert music." As liner note author, and Sondheim authority Mark Eden Horowitz points out, Liaisons is "an exploration of how music communicates, not just to an audience, but among composers."
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