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Persichetti and Pupils

Albany Records released a CD of twentieth-century American piano music performed by Richard Zimdars, Despy Karlas Professor of Piano in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.  The album is titled Persichetti and Pupils.

This recording presents solo piano music by Vincent Persichetti and two of his composition students at the Juilliard School of Music, Marga Richter and Jacob Druckman.  The pieces in large forms of sonata and variations offer a focused look at the early work of three important American composers. Four works receive their first recorded performances. Persichetti's Ninth Piano Sonata and Winter Solstice are included.

Marga Richter is the first woman to have received a degree in composition from the Juilliard School of Music. Zimdars' album presents three of her compositions: Remembrances (first recording); Eight Pieces for Piano (first recording); and Sonata for Piano.

“…Zimdars plays with great virtuosity and artful phrasing.  He performs the allegro agilite section of the [Persichetti] Ninth Sonata with dazzling precision… (Fanfare, March/April 2012)