Two Impromptus, Op. 131: I. Impromptu No. 1 - Limpido con molto rubato 4:45
II. Impromptu No. 2 - Molto lento e sereno 3:51
Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 82: I. Inquieto, esitante 5:38
II. Dona nobis pacem. 2:03
Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 82: III. Lullabye. 5:06
IV. Interlude. 4:48
David Korevaar :
Lowell Liebermann - Piano Music Volume 3
The third volume in David Korevaar's highly acclaimed series devoted to Lowell Liebermann's solo piano music (MSR Classics MS1688) continues his journey of recording all of Liebermann's works for the piano. This release features each of Liebermann's original works for solo piano composed between 2001 and 2017, including world premiere recordings of his Nocturne No. 8, Op. 85; Nocturne No. 9, Op. 97; Nocturne No. 10, Op. 99; and Nocturne No. 11, Op. 112. Additional works include his Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 82; Schubert Variations, Op. 100; and 2 Impromptus, Op. 131.
Gramophone lavishes praise on Korevaar's interpretation of Liebermann's music declaring, "Needless to say, one needs boundless resources of technique, tone, color, and musical imagination to do Liebermann's keyboard aesthetic justice. David Korevaar possesses these qualities in spades and manages to create an individual character with each selection. Both the present disc and Korevaar's two earlier Liebermann volumes brilliantly reflect this pianist's probing individuality and firm commitment to the material." MusicWeb International said, "What makes the disc especially notable is the exceptional pianism of David Korevaar. After listening to his interpretation of these Liebermann works, I can't imagine significantly better performances."
Volumes 1 and 2 were both originally released on the former Koch label. Volume 1, which has recently been made commercially available again for streaming/download, features Liebermann's Impromptus for piano, Op. 68 and his Apparitions for piano, Op. 17. Fanfare hailed the recording saying it "contributes a trove of significant works to the literature for solo piano. David Korevaar gives a tour de force performance. The beauty of his sounds, his control of the triple pianissimo to the triple forte, and his ability to comprehend the totality of each piece and each musical line make him a marvel to hear."
Volume 2 includes 4 Gargoyles for piano, Op. 29, Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 1 and Album for the Young, for piano, Op. 43. Gramophone hailed it saying "Korevaar understands these interactions perfectly, savours the melancholy melodies and delivers the rapid passages with aplomb."
Korevaar has a long association with the American composer Lowell Liebermann. Since meeting during their student days at The Juilliard School, their collaborations have resulted in five recordings to date, including three collections of solo piano music, an album with flutist Alexa Still, and a chamber music compilation with clarinetist Jon Manasse, members of the Boulder Piano Quartet, and baritone Patrick Mason. Korevaar says "From the beginning of his career, Lowell Liebermann has written for the piano. His command of the instrument as a performer and deep understanding of its sonic possibilities come through in every superbly crafted work of his – solo, chamber or concerto – that I have played. While all of the works on this album reflect the composer's deeply held view that music is, above all, about expression, they explore a myriad of emotional worlds, from quiet introversion and lyricism to dark and explosive outbursts of unrestrained virtuosity."
Hailed for his "wonderfully warm, plaint, spontaneous playing" by the Washington Post, award-winning pianist David Korevaar has been soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Japan's Shonan Chamber Orchestra, Brazil's Goiania Symphony, and with acclaimed conductors including Guillermo Figueroa, Per Brevig, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Jorge Mester. A passionate and committed collaborator, Korevaar is a founding member of the Boulder Piano Quartet, currently resident at The Academy in Boulder. He is a regular guest with the Takács Quartet, and recently performed with them on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center in New York. Korevaar frequently collaborates with distinguished colleagues including violinists Harumi Rhodes, Edward Dusinberre, Emi Ohi Resnick, violists Geraldine Walther and Matthew Dane, cellist David Requiro, and flutist Christina Jennings.
The most recent addition to his extensive discography of over 50 titles including recordings by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Fauré, Ravel, Dohnányi, and Hindemith, is a highly acclaimed disc of world premiere recordings of piano music by the largely forgotten Italian impressionist composer Luigi Perrachio. In 2020, Korevaar returned to the recording studio to record Richard Danielpour's The Celestial Circus for two pianos and three percussionists with pianist Angelina Gadeliya. Other recent recordings include an album dedicated to the works of Iranian-American composer Reza Vali, which AllMusic praised as "an important release in the field of 20th century chamber music" and a disc of three violin sonatas by Russian/German composer Paul Juon in which American Record Guide recognized the Korevaar/Wetherbee duo as "expert, sensitive, and committed performers who bring this forgotten music to vivid life."
In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Korevaar is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, only the second to bear that title in the College of Music and holds the Peter and Helen Weil fellowship in piano. He was also honored by the University in 2016 as a Distinguished Research Lecturer, a first in the College of Music. He performs throughout North America, Central America, South America, the Far East and throughout Europe. He has also concertized and given master classes in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan as part of the U.S. State Department's Cultural Envoy program, and has taught at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul.
Lowell Liebermann is one of America's most frequently performed and recorded living composers. He has composed works in numerous genres, including opera, symphony, chamber music, art song and works for solo instruments. An accomplished pianist, much of his music has become standard repertoire, being championed by notable performers, including Stephen Hough, Charles Dutoit and Robert White.