In the first of two recordings made for the TwoPianists label Lori introduces her European loves through such monumental works as the Beethoven Eroica Variations and the Schumann Carnaval. It is offset by two beautiful Romances by Clara Schumann and three Rachmaninoff preludes.
Released November 13, 2012
The piano constitutes the ideal musical vehicle for Romanticism for it embodies an attitude toward music which subsumes all that the instrument itself makes possible: virtuosity, nuance of expression and attention to detail as artistic ideals, communication of affect through contrast in timbre and intensity, and the ability to master both large, substantial forms, as well as intimate miniatures. The program feature on this recording exemplifies this attitude to music as much as it represents what the instrument is physically capable of.
Lori Sims received the Gold Medal at the 1998 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition – an achievement that gave her entry to an exclusive circle of prominent women pianists. Her career, and playing, has centred on two continents: Europe and the USA, both as student of Leon Fleischer and Arie Vardi and also in her great love for contemporary works as well as the traditional European repertoire.
Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Carnaval Op. 9
Clara Schumann (1819-1896): Romance Op. 11 No.1, Andante; Romance Op. 11 No.3, Moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Prelude in E flat major op.23 no.6: Andante
Prelude in B flat major op.23 no.2: Maestoso