Heather W. Reichgott has collected pieces from three of America's finest well-known contemporary composers and three emerging new composers from three countries and performed them with brio on a CD of energetic and lyrical piano music.
Reel: Homage to Henry Cowell by Lou Harrison -- This dance bubbles over with high-energy folk dance rhythms... and in honor of Harrison's teacher Henry Cowell, it calls for rapid clusters played with the palms, forearms and elbow!
Secret & Glass Gardens by Jennifer Higdon -- Written for the Van Cliburn competition, this lyrical and technically challenging piece creates a rich atmosphere of sparkling tone colors.
selections from Twenty-Four Preludes by Steven O'Brien -- From a set of preludes in every major and minor key, these pieces in deceptively simple style evoke strong emotions of yearning, anger and serenity.
Op. 21 no. 2 by Pavel Konyukhov -- A piece rigorously developed from one five-note idea to create a highly imaginative journey through many moods.
selections from Problems for Piano by Jake Bellissimo -- Expressive and confrontational music that explores persistent "problems" in life, these pieces are reminiscent of Shostakovich's piano music.
Semplice and Sky of the Eternal by Gwyneth Walker -- Two peaceful meditations by a modern-day master of sacred music.
All pieces performed by Heather W. Reichgott
Recorded and mastered at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst, MA
About the pianist
Heather W. Reichgott is a pianist located in western Massachusetts. She works as an accompanist, church musician, teacher and performer. Initially trained in the Suzuki method, Heather went on to study with several exceptional teachers including Peter Takacs at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Alissa Leiser in Amherst, MA. Awards include the Award for Excellence in Concerto Performance at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, given by Seymour Bernstein. Heather plays music from the Baroque through the present day and especially enjoys Haydn, Mozart, ballet music, piano/orchestra repertoire and new music.
Heather serves as church musician at Memorial Baptist Church in Hartford, CT. She is a dance accompanist for Amherst Ballet School and for the Five College Dance Department serving Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College. Heather's 2011 CD of ballet class music, "A Musical Feast for Ballet Class," is also available on cdbaby.com.