LUISA GUEMBES-BUCHANANConcert Pianist, Musicologist & Educator
Beethoven in D
The three sonatas presented here share the tonality of D (two in the major and one in the minor key) but are radically different from one another not only in character but in their compositional elements as well. These works highlight in my opinion Beethoven’s ingenuity, imagination and the will that enabled him
Late Beethoven: Commentary & Performance - "Con Alcune Licenze"
This six-CD collection contains all the piano music from Beethoven’s final years, including never-before-recorded fragments from the sketchbooks, as well as the two cello sonatas, op. 102. Included is a comprehensive booklet.
The discs in this collection offer to the listener the piano music that Beethoven composed in his final years as well as the two cello sonatas op. 102. Some are simple in style; others, of remarkable complexity. Yet, in my opinion, as products of Beethoven's "late style", they possess certain traits in common which I will attempt to underscore in the discussions to follow. Since these piano works were written not only during the same period, but often at the same time as other great compositions of the "late style", notably the Missa Solemnis, it will be interesting to observe the number of ways in which all the late music, both piano and instrumental, bears the imprint of Beethoven's final drive to bend and transform existing forms, to chart new pathways, styles and genres. View the booklet >>
Luisa Guembes-Buchanan is a noted and internationally acclaimed Latin-American
pianist who has performed throughout the United States, Latin America
and Europe as a soloist.
John Cage Remembered
The ideas and works of the American composer John Cage (September 5, 1912-August 12, 1992) revolutionized 20th-century music and changed the experience of performing music the world over. The works presented here underscore two aspects of Cage’s aesthetics and approach to music composition. (Includes a beautiful six page booklet featuring artwork by Fernando Guembes Morales as well as a detailed description of the pieces).
Features Hoffmann Sonatas 1-5
Listen to sample tracks from Luisa Guembes-Buchanan's newest CD's:
Beethoven in D
E.T.A. Hoffmann, Sonatas; Robert Schumann, Kreisleriana; 2 CD's