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ARTIST
TITLE
Keys To The City: Works For Piano
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WER 6695 WER 6695
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/8/2008

Performed by Ursula Oppens (piano). "New York City native Tobias Picker was described by the Wall Street Journal as, 'our finest composer for the lyric stage' and by BBC Music Magazine as 'displaying a distinctively soulful style that is one of the glories of the current musical scene.' This Wergo recording with pianist Ursula Oppens traces an evolution in the composer's writing for piano from the virtuosic challenges of his 'Four Etudes For Ursula' and the jazzy, urbane landscape of 'Keys To The City' to the lyrical simplicity of 'Old And Lost Rivers' or 'The Blue Hula.' Listeners will also have a rare opportunity to hear the composer performing in the two piano versions of 'Keys To The City.' This disc features mostly first recordings and is an invaluable contribution to the discography of contemporary American music."