Original Transcriptions for Piano
Piano transcriptions as you have never heard them before. This disc by Australian pianist-composer Cameron Roberts is a tour-de-force of piano virtuosity and originality.
His original piano transcriptions of orchestral showpieces: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Vivaldi's Summer and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, amongst others, have recently been premiered in London and Madrid to full houses and standing ovation. Here he puts them on disc in his second studio recording for Move.
Roberts brings back to life the great piano traditions of Liszt, Busoni and Rachmaninoff, transcribing both popular and lesser-known music onto the piano, and putting the piano in centre-stage, showing it off as an instrument for great art and entertainment. Roberts' arrangements are carefully derived from the originals though projected forward with a new voice, one which shows the piano at its best, unleashing its potential as if to say: 'look what it can do'!
Alongside the show-stoppers, there are also works of great intimacy, including the arrangement of the Largo from Bach's Double Violin Concerto, a selection of hauntingly beautiful songs by Rachmaninoff and the heavenly In Paradisum from Faure's Requiem. It is clear that this is music he loves to play and music he wants to share.
This disc is a culmination of his work recently supported by grants from the Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarship and the Ian Potter Foundation.
In recent years Cameron Roberts has enjoyed growing success as one of Australia's finest young artists. He has already performed in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the USA, as soloist and chamber musician, and maintains a diverse range of interests which include jazz, contemporary music and composition.
- Allegro non molto
- How Beautiful it is Here! Sergei Rachmaninoff
- The Morn of Life Sergei Rachmaninoff
- Sleep Sergei Rachmaninoff
- Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
- Concerto for Two Violins Largo, man non tanto Johann Sebastian Bach
- 1812 Festival Overture Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Requiem - In Paradisum Gabriel Fauré
The Four Seasons - Summer Antonio Vivaldi
- Cameron Roberts · piano
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist. Vivaldi is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe.
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.
George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known.
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, and the 1812 Overture.
Gabriel Urbain Fauré was a French composer, pianist, organist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his era, and his musical style influenced many 20th century composers.