US concert pianist Anthony de Mare pays tribute to Stephen Sondheim in a fascinating project. De Mare invited composers from a broad variety of genres from Sondheims own world of musical theater to jazz, classical, pop, film and beyond to re-imagine a Sondheim song of their choice as a solo piano piece.
Contributing re-composers included Steve Reich, Wynton Marsalis, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Fred Hersch, Ethan Iverson, William Bolcom, Duncan Sheik, Nico Muhly, Eve Beglarian, Gabriel Kahane, Thomas Newman, Jake Heggie, and more - in total, 36 composers, ranging in age from 30 75 and representing seven countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards!
Each of the composers is having a conversation with Mr. Sondheim, Anthony de Mare told the New York Times, with his material but also his influence, his musical wit and his craft.
Recorded 2010 2014 at Greenfield Recital Hall, Manhattan School of Music and American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Recorded / Mixed by Judith Sherman
Produced by Judith Sherman