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Matthew Lipman chats with FM91-WGTE: Toledo

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American violist Matthew Lipman, recipient of a 2015 Avery Fischer Career Grant, made his Cedille label debut with Ascent, an album featuring, in the artist's words, "music enraptured by flights of fantasy," including world-premiere recordings of Dmitri Shostakovich's recently discovered Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, and Clarice Assad's Metamorfose, which Lipman commissioned. The album of imaginative, improvisational works for viola and piano, created as a loving tribute to his late mother, also includes York Bowen's Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54; Robert Schumann's Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op. 113; Garth Knox's Fuga libre; and the first-ever recording on viola of Hollywood composer Franz Waxman's popular violin showpiece, Carmen Fantasie. (Cedille Records CDR 90000 184). Lipman's duo partner is prize-winning American pianist Henry Kramer.

Lipman joined FM91-WGTE: Toledo OH, Classical Music Host: Brad Cresswell to preview the new album. LISTEN