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Imago / Moira Lo Bianco


Release Date: 03/11/2016 
Label:  Steinway & Sons   Catalog #: 30060   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis CouperinErik SatieCathy DennisKurt Cobain,   ... 
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Moira Lo Bianco weaves together a beautiful musical tapestry in her solo album, Imago. Presenting varied musical forms, including unmeasured preludes, free-form pieces, suites, and song forms, Lo Bianco fuses together popular and unknown, and notation and improvisation to display her masterful artistry. A strong advocate of improvisation, Lo Bianco, through her teachings and live performances, promotes the idea that improvisation is fundamental to music and belongs in the classical tradition.

"This classical pianist is one of those players that isn't afraid to make a program of Cobain/Gaga/Part/Satie and others under the same roof at the same time and make it all work almost with none of the disparate
Read more camps being any the wiser. Well trained with an ear and a touch that gives it all back and then some... Hot stuff." - Midwest Record [2/25/2016]

"The program of this release by Italian pianist Moira Lo Bianco is nothing if not experimental. Exclusive classical listeners may wonder about the identity of the composer Germanotta listed for track 21 (sample this one and see if pop fans can identify it); it is none other than Lady Gaga. Kurt Cobain also makes an appearance, paired with Britney Spears, with the music of all these rock/pop artists boiled down to Lo Bianco's own distinctive piano style. That style is influenced by Satie, who appears near the beginning as a descendant of François Couperin, the program opener. All this frames a series of Lo Bianco's own compositions, which take off from Satie in a variety of different directions including Middle Eastern music, jazz, and freeform improvisation. These pieces are never dull, and Lo Bianco presents a distinctive way of incorporating pop compositions into a classical piano language: the pop pieces are not "crossover" items. The overall structure of the program, with relatively brief introduction and conclusion framing a substantial utterance from the composer-pianist herself, is also novel. It may also be that the whole thing doesn't quite hang together, a feeling underscored by the concluding Für Alina of Arvo Pärt. This work seems to come out of nowhere. Steinway's engineering, at Steinway Hall in New York and Sono Luminus studios in Virginia, is a major plus: Lo Bianco's piano has a distinct velvety sound. An attractively fearless album, even if not an entirely successful project."

-- James Manheim, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude for Harpsichord in D major by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Véritables préludes flasques (3) (pour un chien) by Erik Satie
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 25 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
Toxic by Cathy Dennis
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This arrangement by Moira Lo Bianco combines the song "Toxic" (popularized by Britney Spears and written by Cathy Dennis, Henrik Jonback, Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg) with Kurt Cobain's "Come As You Are." 
4.
Come As You Are by Kurt Cobain
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Notes: This arrangement by Moira Lo Bianco combines the song "Toxic" (popularized by Britney Spears and written by Cathy Dennis, Henrik Jonback, Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg) with Kurt Cobain's "Come As You Are." 
5.
The Dancing Cat by Moira Lo Bianco
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6.
Re-imagination of Gnossiene No. 4 (after Satie) by Moira Lo Bianco
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Sketchbook by Moira Lo Bianco
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8.
Bloom, Orange Tie by Moira Lo Bianco
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
9.
Improvisations on Véritables préludes flasques (after Satie) by Moira Lo Bianco
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Gregorian Effects by moira lo biano
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
11.
Lady Gaga Dada (A Bad Romance) by Moira Lo Bianco
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is based on the song "A Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga and RedOne. 
12.
Für Alina by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Moira Lo Bianco (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Steinway Hall, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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