Gordon Getty Piano Pieces (2012)

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Conrad Tao

These piano pieces cover what is getting to be a considerable lifetime. The five called Homework Suite date from my year at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1962); Andantino and Scherzo Pensiersoso were written this year (2012). It might as easily have been the other way around. Fifty years ago, I could steal unconsciously from others, and now more from myself, but the language and perspective are the same. Orchestral versions of most have been performed and recorded. But these piano originals may never have been heard by the paying public. I’m not a good enough pianist to have been sure of them, and crossed my fingers when Pentatone proposed to record them. Not to worry when Conrad Tao is the pianist. Everything came out as I had imagined it.
My teacher at the Conservatory, Sol Joseph, once asked me if I expected to move on to atonalism. I told him I kind of doubted it. My music seems to belong more in the nineteenth century, with inklings of others, and even a splash of atonalism if that’s what comes knocking, We write what is in our heads.

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Conrad Tao

The only classical musician on Forbes’ 2011 “30 Under 30” list of people changing the world, Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao was found playing children’s songs on the piano at 18 months of age. Born in Urbana, Illinois in 1994, he gave his first piano recital at age 4; four years later, he made his concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414. In 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Conrad a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, while the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Conrad was also named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

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Gordon Getty Piano Pieces (2012)

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Conrad Tao

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"I have no doubt I would be pleased to hear any of this in a concert setting; whether or not that same feeling persists in my home listening habits remains to be seen. Conrad Tao, with quite a resume under his belt, plays the music to perfection, and I cannot imagine anything that could be added by anyone else. The sound is typical PENTATONE piano, and that is very good indeed." (April 2013)

Gordon Getty Piano Pieces (2012)

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Conrad Tao

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen, Dann Thompson
Recording location: Skywalker Sound, California
Recording Software: merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Homework Suite - Seascape
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Homework Suite - Giga
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Homework Suite - Ghost Waltz
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Homework Suite - Berceuse
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Homework Suite - Night Horses
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Ancestor Suite - Zwei Walzer
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Ancestor Suite - Waltz of the Ancestors
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Ancestor Suite - Schottische
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Ancestor Suite - Waltz-Landler
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Ancestor Suite - Polka-Polonaise
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Ancestor Suite - Gavotte
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Ancestor Suite - Gothic Waltz
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Ancestor Suite - March-Sarabande-Presto
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Ancestor Suite - Madeline
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Ancestor Suite - Ewig Du
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Ancestor Suite - Finale
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The Fiddler of Ballykeel
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Tiefer und Tiefer
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Ehemals
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First Adventure
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Raise the Colors
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Andantino
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Scherzo Pensieroso
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