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Live in Recital

by Robert Edward Thies

An electrifying live solo debut performance by International Prokofiev Competition Gold Medalist, Robert Edward Thies. Thies was the first American pianist since Van Cliburn to win a competition on Russian soil.
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1. Beethoven: Sonata in Eb Major, op. 31, no. 3 The Hunt--Allegro
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2. Beethoven: Sonata in Eb Major, op. 31, no. 3 The Hunt--Scherzo:
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3. Beethoven: Sonata in Eb Major, op. 31, no. 3 The Hunt--Minuetto:
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4. Beethoven: Sonata in Eb Major, op. 31, no. 3 The Hunt--Presto co
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5. Brahms: Intermezzo in b minor, op. 119, no. 1
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6. Brahms: Intermezzo in e minor, op. 119, no. 2
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7. Prokofiev: Sonata no. 6 in A Major, op. 82--Allegro moderato
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8. Prokofiev: Sonata no. 6 in A Major, op. 82--Allegretto
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9. Prokofiev: Sonata no. 6 in A Major, op. 82--Tempo di valzer lent
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10. Prokofiev: Sonata no. 6 in A Major, op. 82--Vivace
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11. Debussy: Reverie
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12. Khachaturian: Toccata
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13. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in Eb Major, op. 23, no. 6
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14. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G# minor, op. 32, no. 12
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Known largely in the musical circles around Los Angeles, Robert clearly favors live performance over studio recordings. He appears not only as a soloist with orchestra, but most often in collaboration with Los Angeles's finest musicians. How fortunate we are that he has authorized this recording for release.

This CD is a live performance of Thies (pronounced: 'Theece') in solo recital. Because it's a live performance, there are no edits that inevitably exist on studio recordings...the CD came directly from a Digital Audio transfer, and aside from some mastering, this is an honest representation of Robert in concert. The performances are electrifying, beautiful, sincere, and unaffected. And the spontaneity of the live performance comes through so clearly that one feels they are hearing the pieces for the first time. At a running time of over 79 minutes, this recording is a gift indeed!

Notes on the Performer:

A pianist of “unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power,” [Los Angeles Times] Robert Edward Thies is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory, Thies became the only American pianist to win first prize in a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn’s famed triumph in Moscow in 1958.

This victory brought accolades from the White House, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Governor Pete Wilson, and Mayor Richard Riordan. The Los Angeles City Council declared February 16, 1996 "Robert Edward Thies Day," and Robert was featured on the July 1996 cover of Piano and Keyboard magazine. His win was also announced in the International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times wrote a feature article, "Another American Pianist Invades Russia, Successfully."

Conductor Jorge Mester hails Robert "a genius", and Maestra JoAnn Falletta touted after a recent performance, "Conducting the Brahms Second Piano Concerto with Robert Thies was one of the most beautiful and deeply satisfying musical experiences of my life."

Praised for his “thoughtful and intensely moving interpretations” Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has already performed over 35 concertos with orchestras all over the world. In one season alone he performed thirteen different concertos, garnering consistent critical acclaim. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Liepāja Symphony (Latvia), Mexico City Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Mexico, Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), Louisville Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic. His concerts have been broadcast throughout the United States, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Bolivia, Hungary, Mexico, and New Zealand.

Mr. Thies is a frequent recitalist in the United States and abroad, and he is known for his genuine interpretations of intriguing and delicately balanced programs. He made his South American debut in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2002, and followed this with a European tour. Under the sponsorship of Community Concerts, he completed a forty-city tour of the United States in 2001. In May 1999, he was honored with a special invitation to perform in the Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, built for Empress Catherine the Great.

A dedicated chamber musician, Thies continues to expand an already impressive repertoire and collaborates with many esteemed musicians. He has appeared with established ensembles such as the Angeles, Calder, and New Hollywood String Quartets, and has also performed on the chamber series of Camerata Pacifica, Mladi, Dilijan and Jacaranda. He is founder and artistic director of The Thies Consort which performs a wide range of works of varying instrumentation and size, thus allowing for innovative and unique programming with musical continuity based on a style, composer, or other concept.

Thies’s “grace and unsurpassed lyricism” are in high demand at festivals and special celebrations. In 2002, in conjunction with the Hollywood premiere of Roman Polanski’s film The Pianist, he performed Wladislaw Szpilman’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. That same year Thies earned national recognition for his collaboration with noted cultural historian and author, Joseph Horowitz, in the Pacific Symphony’s Dvořák in America festival. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Arnold Schoenberg’s death, Thies was invited to Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes in 2001 to perform the composer’s seldom-heard Piano Concerto with the National Symphony of Mexico. During the fall of 1997 Mr. Thies worked alongside distinguished Polish composer Henryk Górecki in the United States premiere of his Sonata for Piano. Thies has performed at the music festivals of Ravinia, Aspen, Sedona, Cape May, Music Academy of the West, as well as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival.

In Los Angeles, Thies has worked and recorded with many of the top studio musicians, and has also worked with film composers James Newton Howard, James Horner, Danny Elfman, and Lalo Schifrin. Thies’s recordings can be found on the Centaur, Albany, and Golden Tone labels. Recently, a chamber music recording Common Ground, was released, which features works by LA composer, Gernot Wolfgang. In February 2006 Robert released his debut solo recording Live in Recital. In June 2006, he recorded a crossover improvisational CD Difference with the Croatian flutist, Damjan Krajacic.

Mr. Thies is also sought after as a master class teacher, chamber music coach, lecturer, and adjudicator across the globe. From 2003-07, he joined the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, to work beside his former teacher, Harold Heiberg, an authority on German art song. There Thies coached singers and pianists, and focused primarily on the works of Brahms, Wolf, Strauss, Schubert, and Schumann.

Born in New Jersey, Thies makes a home in Los Angeles. His teachers have included Robert Turner and Daniel Pollack, both protégés of the legendary Russian pedagogue Madame Rosina Lhevinne, and the great pianist Josef Lhevinne. Mr. Thies is a Steinway artist. For more information, visit Robert Edward Thies at: www.robertthies.org.


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Dr. William Teaford

Amazingly musical and accurate especially for a live performance.
I am amazed at the musicianship and accuracy of this CD recored live without editing by Robert Edward Thies. I have heard him play a number of these pieces live, and listening to this recording is like sitting in my living room hearing Mr. Thies play on my Steinway.

joseph h. hammel, ph.d.

beautiful intensity and sincerity in this live performance, a must!
in an age when we are inundated by endless studio recordings of aspiring artists---when pieces are recorded in fragments, and then later entrusted to the "artistry" of an engineer to be strewn together in some logical manner---it is refreshing for this listener to hear a debut from a pianist in live performance. this is not only a daring feat in today's market for flawless (and usually emotionless) performances, but a much more honest representation of a musician's artistry.

in this live recital performance, thies shows his artistry in abundance, as well as a mastery of many different styles. not since vladimir ashkenazy have i found such an artist who tackles a familiar beethoven sonata with the same energy and freshness as he does the warhorse sixth sonata of prokofiev, or the tender, late intermezzi of brahms.

mr. thies communicates joy in his playing, whether drawing out subtle nuances from solitary notes, to generating electricity when traversing the most demanding of dynamic passages. one can hear him registering in turn, intensity, rapture, and joy.

the performances on this recording leave the listener breathless, and with a desire to be in the audience and be witness to such a musical experience. ever daring, yet seemingly always sensitive to the composer's wishes, mr. thies's obvious technique and musicianship leave no doubt that he clearly loves and reveres the music he performs.

there is a freshness about mr. thies's interpretation that even those familiar with these works owe it to themselves to experience once again, a gift indeed.

Brigitte Hough

an incredible, must-have live performance recording!
This cd is a must for anyone who loves classical music, great artistry or simply wonderful music. Mr. Thies is a rare artist of unusual genius; he has the ability to truly bring a piece of music to life with a style and technique that is sublimely genuine, melding virtuosity and expressivity with the purpose of communicating the beauty of each individual work. He deserves to be recognized as one of the great pianists of our time and this cd provides an experience of music that can captivate a listener in a way that goes beyond the physics of a keyboard instrument, or the notes of a piece of music. This live recording of Mr. Thies is a jewel with a wonderful selection of pieces including Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Debussy, Khatchaturian and Rachmaninoff. His playing is incredibly beautiful, sincere and passionate--an inexplicable combination of lyricism, energy, tenderness and power. I have listened to this cd many times already and find it fresh and inspiring each and everytime. The Reverie by Debussy is without a doubt the most beautiful interpretation I have ever heard, and the same could be said of the Rachmaninoff Preludes. The Beethoven is unusually spirited and the Prokofiev is unparalleled in its intensity, passion and virtuosity. The entire cd is remarkable, not only for its content and artistry, but for the fact that it was recorded live. I highly recommend it to anyone. Whether you are a classical music buff, an aspiring artist, or just someone looking for a good, new cd, Mr. Thies' recording is one every person should have in their collection.