Welcome to the first in a series of weekly installments presenting the latest master recordings from PARMA Recordings.
Today, we present a sneak peek of the soon to be released project ROBERT DEGAETANO.
This new release from concert pianist and composer Robert DeGaetano is a lush cross-section of virtuosic piano music which pairs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor and Mr. DeGaetano’s own Piano Concerto No.1 in a heart-stopping exhibition of balance and brilliance.
The much-loved and much-debated Chopin concerto was an early milestone in Mr. DeGaetano’s life. “Chopin wrote the E Minor Concerto when he was only eighteen years old and premiered it at nineteen. I strongly relate having learned it at approximately the same age. I remember that initial captivation, and I was so moved by its power and beauty,” says the now-seasoned performer recalling his studies at Juilliard.
About his own exuberant and powerful Concerto No.1, Mr. DeGaetano reveals, “Often my music will sound atonal. That is only because there are many tonal passages being played together, each offering their own information. It’s these varied resonances that interest me because they correspond to our contemporary world.”
We are pleased to feature the first 6 minutes of DeGaetano’s Piano Concerto No. 1. This recording is the culmination of 23 years of Robert’s writing, performance, and perfection, and collaboration with PARMA to produce, record, edit, mix, and master a definitive representation of it’s brilliance. It is PARMA’s great pleasure to be a part of sharing this important work with new listeners.
Be sure to purchase the album when it’s released September 24th on Navona Records. The physical album includes a DVD documentary of the life of the concerto and recording process.