A Conversation Piece

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SKU: CD-SPP 0090
Call Number: CD 1658
Ensemble/Performer: Dr. Réa Beaumont
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 2014
Record Label: Independent

Award-winning pianist and composer Réa Beaumont has garnered critical acclaim for international performances and recordings that continue to be broadcast worldwide.

Beaumont's newly released CD A Conversation Piece features Impressionist and modern repertoire, together with Réa’s own compositional début. Her CD Creating a Landscape (2009) draws attention to environmental issues and how performers and composers shape our musical landscape, while her first album, A Shrinking Planet (2006) highlights cultural diversity and includes a CBC-commissioned work written for her by twice JUNO Award winner Chan Ka Nin.

Réa's many concerts include the Canadian Opera Company's "Piano Virtuoso Series" at the Four Seasons Centre, Sonic Boom Festival, Culture Days, Pro Musica, Contact Contemporary Music, Nuit Blanche, and the Canadian Broadcasting Centre's Glenn Gould Studio. In addition to concerts of traditional repertoire, Beaumont is also a leading interpreter of new music and has worked with many leading composers, including Barbara Pentland, Oskar Morawetz, Alice Ping Yee Ho, and composer-pianist Anton Kuerti.

Trained with some of the finest pedagogues, Beaumont holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Master of Music, Bachelor of Music (Hons), Artist Diploma, and is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Formerly a university faculty member, she is an experienced adjudicator of regional and national competitions. She was named "a world authority" (CBC radio 2) for her book examining the life and works of 20th-century composer Barbara Pentland (1912 to 2000).

Beaumont has received awards from the Ontario Arts Council, British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council, FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians.

Track list:

1. Shattered Ice (6:13)
Réa Beaumont

2. - 4. Suite No. 2 (5:51)
John Weinzweig

5. Threnody (6:12)
Jean Coulthard

6. Polytonality (2:42)
R. Murray Schafer

7. Netscapes (8:42)
John Weinzweig

8. - 12. Miroirs (26:50)
Maurice Ravel

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