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Ran Dank|Vers Le Silence: William Bolcom - Frédéric Chopin

Vers Le Silence: William Bolcom - Frédéric Chopin

Ran Dank

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At first glance, the musical worlds of Frédéric Chopin and William Bolcom would seem strange bedfellows. But on his solo debut recording, Israeli American pianist Ran Dank makes a convincing case for pairing the two composers.

The former, Poland’s national composer, is synonymous with pianistic panache. The latter, a leading American, possesses one of contemporary music’s most bold and inventive voices. Juxtaposing the works of these two pianist-composers reveals their common affinity for the keyboard and ear for sound and sense of structure.
William Bolcom’s Twelve New Etudes won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Wonderfully eclectic, they move effortlessly between one musical idiom to another with endless ingenuity, exhibiting all the traits of Bolcom’s compositional craft. Chopin equally excelled with his Etudes, but Dank turns to his plentiful Polonaises, Mazurkas and Waltzes which range in style from heroic, to dark and brooding, haunting and beautiful.

Ran Dank, a winner of numerous international competitions and prizes, has been significantly influenced by these two composers who have shaped his trajectory as a pianist and musician. As a child to two parents from Poland, Chopin played a meaningful part in his upbringing, and he became mesmerised by the composer’s music at an early age. Bolcom’s music was a much later discovery, but one that has become equally valuable and fitting, following Dank’s move to America. © AVIE Records

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1
Polonaise in C Minor, Op. 40 No. 2
00:09:32

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

2
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book I: I. Fast, Furious
00:00:53

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

3
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book I: II. Récitatif
00:04:26

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

4
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book I: III. Mirrors
00:01:54

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

5
Mazurka in C Major, Op. 68 No. 1
00:01:49

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

6
Mazurka in G Minor, Op. 67 No. 2
00:02:13

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

7
Mazurka in A Minor, “Emile Gaillard”
00:03:00

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

8
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book II: IV. Scène d'opera
00:02:39

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

9
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book II: V. Butterflies, Hummingbirds
00:02:23

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

10
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book II: VI. Nocturne
00:02:30

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

11
Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69 No. 2
00:03:55

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

12
Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 42
00:03:59

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

13
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book III: VII. Premonitions
00:03:03

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

14
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book III: VIII. Rag Infernal (Syncopes apocalyptiques)
00:02:21

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

15
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book III: IX. Invention
00:03:11

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

16
Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53
00:07:32

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

17
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book IV: X. Vers Le Silence
00:07:16

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

18
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book IV: XI. Hi-jinks
00:02:07

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

19
12 New Etudes for Piano, Book IV: XII. Hymne à l’amour
00:06:20

Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - William Bolcom, Composer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

20
Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 68 No. 4
00:02:12

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Judith Sherman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, StudioProducer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, AssistantEngineer - Ran Dank, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Ran Dank (P) 2021 Ran Dank

Album Description

At first glance, the musical worlds of Frédéric Chopin and William Bolcom would seem strange bedfellows. But on his solo debut recording, Israeli American pianist Ran Dank makes a convincing case for pairing the two composers.

The former, Poland’s national composer, is synonymous with pianistic panache. The latter, a leading American, possesses one of contemporary music’s most bold and inventive voices. Juxtaposing the works of these two pianist-composers reveals their common affinity for the keyboard and ear for sound and sense of structure.
William Bolcom’s Twelve New Etudes won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Wonderfully eclectic, they move effortlessly between one musical idiom to another with endless ingenuity, exhibiting all the traits of Bolcom’s compositional craft. Chopin equally excelled with his Etudes, but Dank turns to his plentiful Polonaises, Mazurkas and Waltzes which range in style from heroic, to dark and brooding, haunting and beautiful.

Ran Dank, a winner of numerous international competitions and prizes, has been significantly influenced by these two composers who have shaped his trajectory as a pianist and musician. As a child to two parents from Poland, Chopin played a meaningful part in his upbringing, and he became mesmerised by the composer’s music at an early age. Bolcom’s music was a much later discovery, but one that has become equally valuable and fitting, following Dank’s move to America. © AVIE Records

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