Honens International Piano Competition Adds Five CDs to its Catalogue

From a media release:

CD Releases and Launch of Honens Sessions Live digital series
by Canada's Honens International Piano Competition

The competition takes place October 17 to 26, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta

CALGARY, AB, August 2011 - Canada's Honens International Piano Competition has added four discs to its catalogue of studio Laureate recordings - the Honens Laureate Series -  and has introduced a new live-performance digital series named Honens Sessions Live.

The release of these recordings coincided with the birthday of Andrew Raeburn, Artistic Director of Honens International Piano Competition from 1993 to 2004. Raeburn passed away last summer at age 77. Minsoo Sohn's Goldberg Variations was the last recording Raeburn produced after a long career as musician, arts administrator and record producer. Sohn's disc is dedicated to him.

With Sohn's CD, Honens and The Banff Centre expand their commitment to past Laureates of the Honens Competition by recording and releasing their projects beyond the three-year Artistic & Career Development Program.

Honens Laureate Series recordings are available in CD format from honens.com and for digital download from all major online music retailers. All recordings, made at Canada's Banff Centre, were made possible through the Honens Competition's Artistic & Career Development Program with support and guidance from The Banff Centre's Music & Sound Program.

Honens Laureate Series Releases

Minsoo Sohn
2006 First Laureate
J.S. BACH - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Listen to some of it here

Georgy Tchaidze
2009 First Laureate
Sonata in A major, D. 664
Drei Klavierstïcke, D. 946
Fantasy in C major, D. 760, 'Wanderer'
Allegretto in C minor, D. 915
(pictured right)

Evgeny Starodubtsev
2009 Laureate

SZYMANOWSKI - Masques, Op. 34
HINDEMITH - Suite (1922), Op. 26
SCHOENBERG - Klavierstücke, Op. 23
STRAVINSKY - Sonata (1924)
(pictured below)

Gilles Vonsattel
2009 Laureate

RAVEL - Sonatine
DEBUSSY - Images Séries I & II
HOLLIGER - Elis: Drei Nachtstücke
HONEGGER - Hommage à  Ravel
RAVEL - Gaspard de la nuit

The new Honens Sessions Live series features live solo and collaborative recordings by Honens Laureates. These recordings are available for digital download only. The first in the series, by Trio élan, features Gilles Vonsattel, Laureate of the 2009 Honens Competition, and the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel.

honens sessions live release

Trio élan 
BEETHOVEN - Piano Trio in E-flat major, WoO 38
BRAHMS - Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101
RAVEL - Piano Trio in A minor
(Gilles Vonsattel pictured right)

These new Honens-label releases are available for free-listening at honens.com until September 30, 2011.

NB - Gilles Vonsattel is performing as part of the Bard Music Festival in Annandale on the Hudson on August 14!


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