Veiled Virtuosity

The debut solo CD of 2006 Australian National Piano Award winning pianist Amir Farid. Features the works of Liszt, Brahms, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Greenbaum, Vine and Maroufi.

Amir Farid has been described as "a highly creative musician - a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding", and who "in a well populated field...distinguishes himself for all the right reasons".

Artist

Amir Farid

Pianist Amir Farid has been described as "a highly creative musician - a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding", and who "in a well populated field...distinguishes himself for all the right reasons".


Press quotes

“This young Australian pianist offers a debut recital of considerable variety. Beethoven’s mighty Waldstein is the big work and is given a solid performance. The Brahms Rhapsody, at nearly 11 minutes, is one of the largest of the composer’s works in this genre. Multi-sectioned and varied, it shows off Farid’s many pianistic talents, as well as his intellect to hold such a work together quite well. Liszt’s most beautiful Consolation is played with all the reverence it deserves. Carl Vine’s (b. 1954) Bagatelles are simply wonderful music and rich in styles. This is my first time hearing them. There is an uneasy Nocturne, a nervous Scherzo, an impressionist love song, an odd jazz jam session, and a very stark and compelling fifth Bagatelle called ‘Threnody: For all the Innocent Victims’ that was premiered by Vine in 1994 at an AIDS event in Australia. This is an excellent beginning for a clearly talented young pianist with much to offer.”

— Harrington, American Record Guide

“Veiled Virtuosity is one of those discs that celebrates a lot of good things in one neat package. First and foremost, it celebrates the engaging artistry of an accomplished young musician. Farid’s experience in accompaniment and in chamber music has helped him develop a sensitivity for texture and colour that translates well to his solo playing…Vine’s bagatelles are an excellent vehicle for Farid’s nuanced approach to timbre and mood setting. The virtuosity is not so veiled in the tumultuous conclusion of the “Waldstein” or in Prokofiev’s Toccata; here we experience Farid in joyous full flight. Perhaps the veiled virtuosity lies in local companies such as Move continuing to promote Australian composers and artists in all their glorious diversity?”

— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide

“In this debut album, the virtuosity is often in full view with a gutsy performance of Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata, the grinding Prokofiev Toccata and a brisk account of the Brahms B minor Rhapsody. But the interleaving pieces give this expert young artist more space to stretch his interpretave wings in a delicate review of Liszt’s mildly virtuosic third Consolation, matched by Stuart Greenbaum’s elegiac Evocation, which Farid premiered four years ago. Another Australian features in Carl Vine’s splendid 5 Bagatelles, here carried off with a panache rivaling the pianist/composer himself. Two short works by Iranian Javad Maroufi make gentle acknowledgement of Farid’s family/cultural heritage.”

— Clive O'Connell, The Age A2

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Golden Dreams Javad Maroufi
  2. Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79, No 1 Johannes Brahms
  3. Consolation No 3 Franz Liszt
  4. Sonata in C, Op 53 'Waldstein' Ludwig van Beethoven

  5. Allegro con brio
  6. Introduzione: adagio molto
  7. Rondo: allegro moderato
  8. Prelude Javad Maroufi
  9. Evocation Stuart Greenbaum
  10. Toccata, Op 11 Sergei Prokofiev
  11. 5 Bagatelles Carl Vine

  12. Bagatelle 1
  13. Bagatelle 2
  14. Bagatelle 3
  15. Bagatelle 4
  16. Bagatelle 5

Performers

Composers

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) was a German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. In his lifetime, Brahms' popularity and influence were considerable; he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs.

Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School").

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

Stuart Greenbaum

Melbourne-based composer Stuart Greenbaum is currently Lecturer in Composition at the University of Melbourne where he has recently completed his PhD.

Carl Vine

Carl Vine first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with over 20 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue now includes six symphonies, six concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works.


Where to buy

Veiled Virtuosity can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’, Discurio and Readings.

Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Editing
Vaughan McAlley
Mastering
Martin Wright
Venue
Move Records Studio
Release date
September 2009
Copyright
© 2009 Move Records
Phonogram
℗ 2009 Move Records
Categories
Australian, Classical, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MD 3331
Alternate catalogue number
MD3331
Barcode
EAN 9314574333121