Direct Contact Roberta Rust
- George Rochberg (1918 - 2005): Carnival Music:
- 1Carnival Music: II. Blues04:59
- Michael Anderson (b.1969):
- 213 Plus 404:13
- 3Sonata: I. Misterioso - Molto legato04:59
- Leo Brouwer (b. 1939): 10 Bocetos:
- 410 Bocetos: No. 5, Choco (Eduardo Roca)03:00
- 510 Bocetos: No. 4, Acosta León03:44
- 610 Bocetos: No. 7, Cabrera Moreno04:01
- Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (b. 1939):
- 7Lament (Version for Solo Piano)06:50
- Phillip Evans:
- Suite 1945:
- 9Suite 1945: I. Sarabande02:01
- 10Suite 1945: II. Aria05:01
- Almeida Prado (1943 - 2010): Cartas celestes, Vol. 7 "Halley":
- 11Cartas celestes, Vol. 7 "Halley": No. 1, A infinita viagem04:37
- 12Cartas celestes, Vol. 7 "Halley": No. 2, Abril 1986 A.D. Hemisfério sul02:10
- 13Cartas celestes, Vol. 7 "Halley": No. 3, Pax caelestis03:24
- Thomas L. McKinley: Fantasy Pieces for Piano:
- 14Fantasy Pieces for Piano: No. 1, Invocation02:17
- 15Fantasy Pieces for Piano: No. 2, The Tyger, Thy Fearful Symmetry01:46
- John Sharpley: 4 Preludes:
- 164 Preludes: No. 2, Reflection01:36
- 174 Preludes: No. 3, Doodle02:50
- 184 Preludes: No. 4, To the Memory of Eleanor Reichardt05:56
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Pianist Roberta Rust brings her own unique dynamism to the works of eight composers with whom she has had direct contact over the years. Dedicated to her late mother and step-daughter, this collection is as personal and touching as it is memorable for the broader audience.
The album commences with Blues from George Rochberg’s Carnival Music. This piece is true to its name in style and form with the riffs and improvisations to prove it. Michael Anderson’s Thirteen plus 4 and Sonata create a contemplative setting, where every tone cluster and arpeggio is connected to the next. Rust skillfully gives each phrase its own story.
Rust shares three selections from Leo Brouwer’s Diez Bocetos. Moving from dark and mysterious to mischievous and experimental, the piece shows that after the darkness, light does emerge, leaving the listener on a hopeful plateau. In Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Lament, Rust pays close attention to structure, truly capturing the traditional yet experimental compositional style for which Zwilich is known. In Almeida Prado’s Halley, all the forces of nature appear in this tonally-liberated work, likely influenced by the composer’s studies with Messiaen and Boulanger. It is a voyage into the uncharted, but the finish is demure.
In Phillip Evans’ Suite 1945, the pianist graces us with a “Sarabande” and “Aria.” The composer’s affinity for Bartok is evident in this piano composition that spans a breadth of emotions. His exquisite “Minuetto” is nuanced and precious and Rust gives it the delicate delivery it deserves. Thomas L. McKinley’s Fantasy Pieces for Piano demonstrates Rust’s ability to portray more rustic, raw themes in her performances. Concluding the album are three selections from John Sharpley’s Four Preludes. Rust thrills her listener with suspense, the latter party holding on in anticipation of her every note and phrase.
The New York Times hailed Rust as “a powerhouse of a pianist—one who combines an almost frightening fervor and intensity with impeccable technique and spartan control.” Her delivery of DIRECT CONTACT is just that.
Roberta Rust, piano
has concertized to critical acclaim around the globe, with performances at such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecília Meireles, Washington's Corcoran Gallery, Havana’s Basilica, and Seoul's KNUA Hall. Hailed for her recordings on the Protone and Centaur labels, Rust has appeared with the Lark, Ying, Serafin, Amernet, and Fine Arts String Quartets and at Miami's Mainly Mozart Festival, the Philippines' Opusfest, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Festival Miami, Long Island's Beethoven Festival, the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, the Manila International Piano Masterclasses Festival, and France's La Gesse. Her concerto appearances have included engagements with the Houston Symphony, Philippine Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, New World Symphony, and orchestras in Latin America.
Born in Texas of American Indian ancestry, Rust serves as professor of piano at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton FL. A National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, she has also served as a U.S. artistic ambassador.