Pianist David Glass beautifully captures the clarity and fullness of the orchestra in this special adaptation for solo piano by Franz Liszt. In his performance, David conveys Beethoven’s musical vision of the countryside through idyllic scenes; along a rambling brook, witnessing a carefree gathering of country folk, an afternoon thunderstorm and feelings of thankfulness and joy after the storm clears.
Versatile in many forms of music making, David has performed regularly throughout his career, predominantly as a classical pianist, and this release marks his debut as a solo recording artist. David is presently working on his second CD featuring his own original piano compositions, plus another CD featuring the works of early 20th century Impressionists, including the premier of his own adaptation of Debussy “Sirens” for solo piano from the orchestral work “Nocturnes”.
David Glass received his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Ma. There he was a student of Jacob Maxin and later Patricia Zandar, who has recorded and performed with cellist Yo Yo Ma. David did his graduate work in composition and electronic music at San Jose State University, under Dan Wyman and Allen Strange. He has also studied with, or performed for, Jim Gardner, Jean Phillipe Collard, Karl Schnable, Gabriel Chodos, Veronica Jochum, Justin Blasdale and Douglas Buys.
In November, 2004, David collaborated with pianist Francis Martineau and released their first CD “On Course. Improvised Piano For Four Hands.”, which was followed by a series of live concerts throughout the west coast of the US. Audiences were captivated by their unprecedented performances of improvised music, both musically and theatrically.
The Liszt transcription of the Beethoven 6th symphony has rarely been recorded. The first world premier recording of the Beethoven/Liszt transcription appeared in the early 1980’s performed by the pianist Cyprien Katsaris. Other recordings followed by such legendary pianists as Michel Dalberto, Leslie Howel, Idel Biret, Alain Planes, Adrienne Krausz, Konstantin Scherbakov, and Glen Gould. David Glass’s CD of the the Pastoral Symphony was recorded at Mesa Recording in Sebastopol Ca. and may be the American premier recording.
Further information regarding David Glass, his performance schedule, current
and upcoming releases may be obtained through www.davidglasspiano.com.