I can now announce my debut recording project, “Sounds of Transcendence” – a program of radiant music by César Franck, Alexander Scriabin, and Charles Tomlinson Griffes. The works I will be presenting cover a span of 35 years, from 1884 to 1919, and all make their own unique metaphysical explorations, from the devoutly Catholic rhetoric of Franck’s Prelude, Choral, et Fugue – a stunning drama of sin and salvation unveiled in peerless musical form – to the hallucinatory, feverish world of Scriabin and his American counterpart, Griffes.
This project will kick off with a preparatory recital on Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon, NJ – free of charge! Right after that, I will be in studio to record the pieces, and the finished product will be released on the Romeo Records label. The exact program is below:
FRANCK: Prelude, Choral, et Fugue
SCRIABIN: Valse in A flat major, Op. 38; Fragilité, Op. 51, no. 1; Enigme, Op. 52, no. 2; Sonata no. 7, Op. 64, White Mass; Vers la Flamme, Op. 72
GRIFFES: The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, A. 72; Piano Sonata, A. 85
These three composers have never been presented together on a recording, until now. I hope that you will be edified and enlightened by this music as much as I have been by studying it. Please stay tuned for updates as this project comes to fruition in the following weeks!
Wishing you all a wonderful Spring!