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Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim From The Piano

Anthony De Mare

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Grammy nomination - Producer of the Year, Classical, 2015

"... a revelation ... a delightful recital with an exuberant close. De Mare’s playing was superb throughout, a combination of lyrical reflection and extroverted pyrotechnics."
- San Francisco Chronicle

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1
A Little Night Fughetta (arr. by William Bolcom)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
1:42
2
Color And Light (arr. by Nico Muhly)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:37
3
Finishing The Hat - 2 Pianos (arr. by Steve Reich)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
3:21
4
The Ladies Who Lunch (arr. by David Rakowski)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
7:19
5
Perpetual Happiness (arr. by Eve Beglarian)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
6:01
6
Birds Of Victorian England (arr. by Jason Robert Brown)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
3:04
7
Johanna In Space (arr. by Duncan Sheik)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:57
8
You Could Drive A Person Crazy (arr. by Eric Rockwell)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
3:01
9
That Old Piano Roll (arr. by Wynton Marsalis)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
4:38
10
Sorry / Grateful (arr. by Derek Bermel)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
6:59
11
No One Is Alone (arr. by Fred Hersch)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
4:03
12
A Bowler Hat (arr. by Annie Gosfield)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:18
13
I'm Excited. No You're Not. (arr. by Jake Heggie)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:15
14
The Demon Barber (arr. by Kenji Bunch)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:07
15
Send In The Clowns (arr. by Ethan Iverson)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:50
16
The Worst (Empanadas) In London (arr. by Ricardo Lorenz)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
4:53
17
I Think About You (arr. by Paul Moravec)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
9:00
18
Very Put Together (arr. by Mason Bates)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
3:08
19
I'm Still Here (arr. by Frederic Rzewski)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
6:44
20
Love Is In The Air (arr. by David Shire)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
4:05
21
Epiphany (arr. by John Musto)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:05
22
Pretty Women (arr. by Mark-Anthony Turnage)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
3:45
23
Paraphrase (Someone In A Tree) (arr. by Phil Kline)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:42
24
In And Out Of Love (arr. by Bernadette Speech)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
6:00
25
Another Hundred People (arr. by Daniel Bernard Roumain)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
7:18
26
Into The Woods (arr. by Andy Akiho)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
8:58
27
Every Day A Little Death (arr. by Ricky Ian Gordon)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:19
28
Merrily We Roll Along (arr. by Nils Vigeland)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:39
29
Notes On 'Beautiful' (arr. by Rodney Sharman)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:27
30
Being Alive (arr. by Gabriel Kahane)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
4:45
31
Not While I'm Around (arr. by Thomas Newman)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
2:55
32
The Ballad Of Guiteau (arr. by Jherek Bischoff)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:53
33
Now (arr. by Mary Ellen Childs)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
3:22
34
A Child Of Children And Art (arr. by Peter Golub)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
8:25
35
Going... Gone (arr. by Tania León)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
7:38
36
Everybody's Got The Right (arr. by Michael Daugherty)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
4:36
37
Sunday In The Park - Passages (encore) (arr. by Anthony De Mare)
Stephen Sondheim; Anthony De Mare
5:20
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    3:17:09
"... not just inventive piano arrangements of the songs but new compositions written in the composers’ own styles ... it was fascinating to hear how each composer approached the song ... de Mare’s playing was dynamic and stylish, requiring formidable virtuosity ... I loved it. "
- The New York Times

Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare, based on the songs of legendary musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim. The project brought together 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers from across the musical spectrum who each reimagine one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece. The result unveils Sondheim’s influence across multiple genres and generations: chosen by de Mare in consultation with Sondheim and producer Rachel Colbert, the Liaisons roster spans the classical, jazz, opera, pop, musical theatre and film worlds. Composers hail from seven different countries, ranging in age from 30 to 75 and representing more than 44 Pulitzers, Grammies, Tonys and Academy Awards.

"To hear composers take my work and take it seriously ... it’s a thrill."
- Stephen Sondheim
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded 2010 – 2014 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York and at Greenfield Recital Hall, Manhattan School of Music, New York
Producer for The Liaisons Project: Rachel Colbert
Recording producer and engineer: Judy Sherman
Additional engineer and editing assistant: Jeanne Velonis
Backing tracks for ‘Birds of Victorian England’ engineered by Kevin Boutote
‘Johanna In Space’ backing track provided by Duncan Sheik
Mastering: Christoph Stickel, Steve Lake at MSM Studios, München
Liner photos: Paolo Soriani, Fred R. Conrad (p. 8), Jerry Jackson (p. 11)
Design: Bernd Kuchenbeiser

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