Moments Musicaux

Antoinette Perry piano

Release Date: July 8, 2022
Catalog #: NV6442
Format: Digital
Romantic
Solo Instrumental
Piano

Navona Records presents MOMENTS MUSICAUX, a unique program of solo piano repertoire performed by pianist Antoinette Perry. Captured live from USC Thornton’s Alfred Newman Auditorium, these pieces celebrate the works of German, Austrian, Russian, and American composers, intermingling cultures through various compositional styles. When it comes to Perry’s artistic ability, Germaine Vadi of Les Affiches de Grenoble et du Dauphiné put it best: “One felt oneself to be in the presence of a great pianist — an absolute art of nuance, her subtle touch, and finally her perfect musical understanding, which permits her to assimilate the music of all cultures.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Moments Musicaux: No. 3 In F Minor Franz Schubert Antoinette Perry, piano 2:28
02 Moments Musicaux: No. 5 in F Minor Franz Schubert Antoinette Perry, piano 2:37
03 Moments Musicaux: No. 6 in Ab Major Franz Schubert Antoinette Perry, piano 7:12
04 Prelude in G# Minor, Opus 32 No. 12 Sergei Rachmaninov Antoinette Perry, piano 3:01
05 Moments Musicaux: No. 1 in Bb Minor Sergei Rachmaninov Antoinette Perry, piano 8:52
06 Moments Musicaux: No. 4 in E Minor Sergei Rachmaninov Antoinette Perry, piano 3:42
07 Souvenir de Porto Rico: Marche des Gibaros Louis Moreau Gottschalk Antoinette Perry, piano 6:54
08 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 1, Lebhaft Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 2:01
09 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 2, Innig Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 1:55
10 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 3, Mit Humor Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 1:40
11 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 4, Ungeduldig Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 1:26
12 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 5, Einfach Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 2:54
13 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 6, Sehr rasch Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 2:06
14 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 7, Nicht schnell Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 3:29
15 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 8, Frisch Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 1:14
16 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 9, Lebhaft Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 1:53
17 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 10, Balladenmäßig. Sehr rasch Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 1:37
18 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 11, Einfach Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 2:30
19 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 12, Mit Humor Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 0:54
20 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 13, Wild und lustig Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 2:21
21 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 14, Zart und singend Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 3:22
22 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 15, Frisch Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 1:45
23 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 16, Mit gutem Humor Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 1:16
24 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 17, Wie aus der Ferne Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 4:48
25 Davidsbündlertänze: No. 18, Nicht schnell Robert Schumann Antoinette Perry, piano 3:28
26 I Got Rhythm George Gershwin Antoinette Perry, piano 2:02

Recorded September 19, 2014 Live in Recital at Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles CA

Producer Michael Patterson
Editing & Mastering Arthur Alexander
Forensic Audio & Final Assembly Michael Aarvold

Cover Art Maureen Perry

Executive Producer Bob Lord

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

VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming, Morgan Hauber
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran
Content Manager Sara Warner

Artist Information

Antoinette Perry

Pianist

Antoinette Perry, born into a family of professional musicians, gave her first public performance at the age of 4. Since then she has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Germany, France, England, and in over 15 cities of the People’s Republic of China. She has been heard often on NPR and the Bravo! Channel, and has recorded for the Crystal, Harmonie, Pacific Rainbow, Pacific Serenades, Excelsior, and Navona labels. Her first solo album, BEETHOVEN BOOKENDS, was released under Navona Records in 2021.

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Notes

These Musical Moments were gifts presented to concertgoers in the People’s Republic of China during a six-week tour in the summer of 2014.

From my heart to theirs.

This recording is a product of one final concert and one special microphone way above one beautiful Steinway in USC Thornton School’s Alfred Newman Auditorium.

The timeless composers of these works represent Austria, Russia, and Germany, as well as America and its jazz idiom so beloved by the Chinese.

While Schubert’s Moments Musicaux suggest the songs and dances of the Austrian countryside, the listener experiences subtle and complex emotions: playfulness, wistfulness, passion, reminiscence, profound sweetness, and a palpable sense of smiling through tears.

Rachmaninov bares the Russian soul: his Prelude in G-sharp minor evokes sleighbells intertwined with feelings of deep longing, his Moments Musicaux No. 1 in B-flat minor a slow but intense emotional journey, and his Moments Musicaux No. 4 in E minor a tornado of unbridled passion.

In his Souvenir de Porto Rico, Gottschalk depicts Puerto Rican peasants taking flights of fantasy to relieve the drudgery of their everyday reality.

Robert Schumann offers a collection of short “dances” depicting characters from the League of David, a society of artists (some real, some imaginary) reflecting aspects of his own personality. The second one is thought to express his deep love for Clara, the theme of which recurs towards the end of the entire work. The coda leaves us with a simple but profound message delivered through the soulful eyes of the introvert Eusebius.

At the time of my China tour, an American in concert there just had to include an encore by Gershwin!

Deep Thanks To:

My producer, Michael Patterson, a bright multi-talented star in this business of music.

My beloved daughter, Maureen, for creating yet another gem of a cover from her boundless imagination.

Sound engineers Arthur Alexander and Michael Aarvold, without whom this recording would have been a very different experience for the listener.

Piano technician Annie Hayden, without whose discerning ears this recording would never have come to be.

— Antoinette Perry