Louise Costigan-Kerns | Piano With Passion

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Piano With Passion

by Louise Costigan-Kerns

Take a beautifully inspiring journey through Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Japan with romantic piano selections by Liszt, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff played by accomplished solo pianist Louise Costigan-Kerns.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Années de Pélerinage, Book 1, No. 4, Au Bord d\'une source
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2. Années de Pélerinage, Book 2, No. 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
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3. Études d’exécution transcendante, No. 9, Ricordanza (Remembrance
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4. Three Concert Etudes, No. 2, Un Sospiro (A Sigh)
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5. Estampes (Prints), No. 1, Pagodes (Pagodas)
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6. Estampes, No. 2, Soirée dans Grenade (Evening in Grenada)
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7. Estampes, No. 3, Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the Rain)
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8. Barcarolle, Op. 60
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9. Nocturne Op. 15, No. 2
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10. Nocturne Op. 48, No. 1
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11. Prelude Op. 32, No.12
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12. Prelude Op. 32, No. 10
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Let this CD carry you away on an exquisite, international journey starting in Switzerland. Liszt wrote three books of compositions inspired by his travels, called “Années de Pélerinage” (years of pilgrimage). Au bord d’une source (at the spring), in the first volume, related to his experiences of Switzerland. This piece is imbued with the sights and sounds of the Swiss countryside, whose beauty enchanted him. Next we move on to Italy. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca is part of the second collection, based on Liszt’s impressions of Italy. Liszt was so moved by this renaissance sonnet that he decided to write first a song, then this piano solo based on the text. It is a tempestuous, passionate, improvisatory composition. Carry on to Venice with Chopin’s Barcarolle, Op.60, one of the great creations of Chopin’s maturity. This extended composition was inspired by the traditional Venetian gondolier’s song. The music depicts a romantic encounter between two people on a gondola. The left hand represents the lulling, constant wash of waves against the gondola; the right hand represents the conversation of the two lovers.

Now on to the “Estampes” (prints) collection by Debussy. Relax in Japan with Pagodes (pagodas), where you listen to the sounds and atmosphere of an oriental temple. Then spend an evening in Spain with Debussy’s Soirée dans Grenade (evening in Granada), a beautiful composition containing a little flamenco, some guitar moments, Spanish melodies, and lots of castanets and tambourines. On to Jardins sous la pluie (gardens in the rain) where one can delight in the atmosphere of capricious April showers punctuated by raindrops and downpours. In the finale the sun breaks out, transforming the garden into a thousand lights and colors.

We end our enchanting musical journey back in Switzerland with Rachmaninoff’s Prelude, Op. 32, No. 10. This beautiful prelude was inspired by the Swiss artist Arnold Boecklin’s painting “The Return.” It depicts someone coming home from a funeral and the depth of emotions brought on by that event. The sound of bells, which fascinated Rachmaninoff from an early age, can be heard throughout this prelude.




Louise Costigan-Kerns has performed internationally as a concert pianist, accompanist and conductor. She began studying the piano at age two and a half with her mother in Alberta, Canada. At age five she gave her first public recita,l and began competing in Alberta Music Festivals, where she was a consistent winner through high school. After earning her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she taught on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and was the Founding Director of the New England Conservatory Extension Division Opera Studio. In Boston she studied piano with Irma Wolpe and Victor Rosenbaum, opera with John Moriarty and Boris Goldovsky and vocal repertoire with Allen Rogers. She maintained an active performing career in the Boston area as a solo pianist and accompanist. Over the years she was a member of the Opera Department faculty at Boston University, piano faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy, and Artist in Residence at Brandeis University. In 1994 she moved with her family to the San Francisco Bay Area. In the Bay Area she has worked for Opera San Jose, Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony. She is active as a recital pianist, opera coach and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. Her first solo piano CD, “My Favorite Performances” was released in December 2004. “Piano With Passion”, her second CD, was released in December, 2007.


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dermskates

Piano with Passion
The combination of the artist's musical selections and her interpretation makes for an absolutely beautiful listening experience! If you enjoy piano music, you will truly love and appreciate this CD.

William

Piano with Passion
This artist has carefully and brilliantly assembled a group of pieces that really show case her passion and talent at the keyboard. Rich in color and texture I felt a real connection with this performer. The detailed and refined interpretations are refreshing and exciting. This is a must own for any serious classical listener.

Jon

Piano with Passion
I received this CD as a gift from a friend and must tell you how truly amazing this pianist is. This is one of the most clearly articulated recordings I have ever heard. This Liszt "years of pilgrimage" was so perfectly and delicately played (difficult for many who think Liszt should be all about fireworks.) Her interpretation of Debussy was extraordinary and full of emotion. The Chopin Nocturnes were magical. The CD closes with two Rachmaninoff Preludes (G sharp minor and the B minor) both rich and charismatic. This is a display of virtuosic playing at its finest. The title says it all!

henry mollicone

Piano with Passion
I highly recommend Louise Costigan-Kerns album PIANO WITH PASSION to all fans of music for solo piano. The pieces comprise a well-chosen collection of music in the Romantic and Impressionistic genres, and Kerns seems very much at home stylistically with these styles. The Liszt illustrates both a solid piano technique and her natural ability for poetic phrasing; the Chopin selections illustrate the tasteful use of rubato in this style, and I was particularly taken with her interpretation of the Nocturne opus 27; it is moving, soulful, and sensitive playing. Two preludes by Rachmaninoff again illustrate her comfort with the Romantic style, while the Debussy was a nice contrast to all of the above. The Estampes are wonderful, evocative pieces, and her strong performances reminded me of just how important this composer was as a catylist for the music that followed him in the 20th century. They illustrate his discovery/invention of a new vision- haronically, formally, and melodically, and Kern's playing brought these things to my attention.
An excellent recital album!

Henry Mollicone

Eileen Birnbaum

Piano with Passion
A wonderful CD not only for its musical and pianistic values but for its appealing programming.It will inspire the Romantic in you.The selections chosen can dazzle you with bravura technique and move you to emotional depths.Louise Costigan-Kerns interpretations are filled with passion,tenderness,fire and longing.You first encounter this intense communicative ability in Liszt's Book 2,Italie:No.5,Sonetto 104 del Petrarca as she strongly brings the melodic statement to the forefront with great clarity,expressing the desirous nature of love.Then her exquisite ability to convey longing and tenderness is achieved with the nuanced weight of her touch and the use of stretching the silent pauses to simulate breathlessness.
This is an artist who brings something special to each piece that she has chosen even those which are so well known.After listening,repeatedly, to Piano with Passion,I continue to derive the utmost pleasure.I am sure that anyone who hears it will share this feeling.I highly recommend the performance of this talented artist to music lovers of all levels for heartfelt and joyous listening.
Eileen