Mother Earth

Works for Viola and Piano

Brett Deubner viola
Allison Brewster-Franzetti piano

Release Date: June 25, 2021
Catalog #: NV6351
Format: Digital
21st Century

MOTHER EARTH, the new album from celebrated violist Brett Deubner with PARMA Recordings, reflects humanity’s search for meaning in the midst of loss and mortal frailty. Born out of the strife of 2020, MOTHER EARTH expresses the angst and hope of this deeply challenging period through the language of music. Chant-like meditations, cathartic outpourings, and even a call to arms for environmental justice are only a few of the themes explored in MOTHER EARTH. Deubner, whose solo debut with the Grammy award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra resulted in numerous subsequent engagements throughout the United States and abroad, partners with pianist Allison Brewster-Franzetti for this deeply moving collection.


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"A superb recording, both interpretively and technically"


Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 For Zayd and Zizi Polina Nazaykinskaya Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 1:52
02 Samarthana (Version for Viola & Piano composed for Brett Deubner) Johan Hugosson Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 5:31
03 Fratres (Version for Viola & Piano) Arvo Pärt Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 9:32
04 Remember (Version for Viola, Piano & Chime composed for Brett Deubner) Judith Markovich Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano; Michael Lipsey, chime 8:46
05 Elegy (Version for Viola & Piano composed for Brett Deubner) Amanda Harberg Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 7:32
06 Stone Rose for Cello & Piano (Arr. for Viola & Piano): No. 1, The Hudson Ola Gjeilo Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 3:26
07 Stone Rose for Cello & Piano (Arr. for Viola & Piano): No. 2, Sidewalks Ola Gjeilo Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 2:09
08 Stone Rose for Cello & Piano (Arr. for Viola & Piano): No. 3, Madison Ola Gjeilo Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 2:58
09 Mother Earth (composed for Brett Deubner) Maurizio Bignone Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 9:24
10 Spiegel im Spiegel (Version for Viola & Piano) Arvo Pärt Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 6:58

Recorded November 5 & 19, 2020 at Le Frak Concert Hall, Queens College in Queens NY
Executive Producer Brett Deubner
Recording Engineer Frederick S. Krahn
Post Recording, Editing, Mastering Engineer David Kerzner

Photography Graham Deubner

General Manager of Audio & Sessions Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette

Label Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Chris Robinson

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner

Artist Information

Brett Deubner


Born in San Francisco, violist Brett Deubner has established himself as one of the foremost violists of his generation. As a sought after soloist who has performed with orchestras on five continents, Deubner has redefined the role of “solo artist” and has given the viola a new standing in the world of classical music with his virtuosity, commitment to championing new music, and his mentoring tomorrow’s young artists.

Allison Brewster Franzetti


The 2014 and 2018 Latin GRAMMY® Nominee for Best Classical Album and 2008 GRAMMY® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Her performances include the live Latin GRAMMY® Awards television broadcast, the GRAMMY® Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the Robert Schumann Festival at the Marcella Sembrich Museum in Lake George NY, the Campeche Festival in Mexico, and at the opening of the VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


It has been such a terrible moment in our world’s history and with that such unimaginable suffering, chaos and division. I had always hoped that such a world event as this would instead unite all races as we search for a common solution. Politics, misunderstanding, mistrust, and inequity seem to have only been exacerbated by this catastrophe. This album is my answer to the COVID pandemic. My response in the language of music. I am honored beyond words to be joined on this project by my dear friend and colleague Allison Brewster Franzetti. She is a rare musician and without her insight, far reaching and profound musicality and, ultimately, trust in my desire to produce this album, it could not have taken place.All of the works on this album reflect an inward search for answers and attempt to address the tragic consequence of loss and the ultimate realization that death is not the end. Just as the pandemic created a global reset, an opportunity to heighten one’s awareness of potential, so too this album attempts to give pause, give thanks for the gifts we take for granted: from friendships to even our very planet.

ZAYD AND ZIZI is a musical gift celebrating the birthday of twins. This innocent work helped me to incorporate a sense of the “simple things” in life, not to be taken for granted.

In April of 2015, Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake. The death and destruction were profound. SAMARTHANA is a work composed for me that depicts the sorrow and violence of that event.

FRATRES is a personal favorite of mine as it evokes a quest for beauty and perfection even in our chaotic world through a distinct Gregorian chant / bell-like style of composing. This meditational quality has often been a source of comfort for me.

REMEMBER was written during the pandemic for Allison and me. This piece, in the composer’s own words, “suspends sound and time to create a place where memory can move from treasured moment to moment.” The addition of chimes performed by Michael Lipsey adds to the timeless quality of memories.

ELEGY is about loss. The composer’s piano teacher passed away and that cathartic event was the creative force behind this powerful, soul-searching work.

Hudson, Sidewalks, and Madison are from a larger work called STONES ROSE. I love these pieces because they depict New York in a serene and nostalgic way. The streets have been so quiet lately, but I remember the wonderful energy and I know this positive optimism will return.

MOTHER EARTH, the album’s namesake, was written for me a few years back and is a “call to arms.” Not in a destructive way, but rather in a proactive and loving way. We have only one planet and we had better take care of it. This pandemic has had a profound effect on the Earth. During the first few months of what appeared to be a global lockdown, our planet seemed to cleanse itself of pollution from travel and industry. I hope our own personal “reset” can help us to live more peacefully.

SPIEGEL IM SPIEGEL means “mirror in mirror” and, while this reflective music is one of my favorites to perform, I feel the idea of reflection and self-awareness of purpose can help us to be more kind to everyone.

I have always considered the instrument I play to be more of a conduit for the voice, so with this album I hope there is universal resonance through sounds and message.

— Brett Deubner