LUISA GUEMBES-BUCHANAN

Concert Pianist, Musicologist & Educator

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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
not just to explore and utilize the existing conventional compositional forms, but also to expand and ultimately transform them from within. - Luisa Guembes-Buchanan
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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 >>

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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.

Her most recent work on this monumental master has been captured on the CD, “Beethoven in D."

Ms. Guembes-Buchanan serves as a consultant and mentor for promising musicians, preparing them for the university admissions process and future musical careers

 

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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).
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E.T.A. Hoffmann, Sonatas; Robert Schumann, Kreisleriana; 2 CD's

Features Hoffmann Sonatas 1-5

 


Late Beethoven

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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.

Late Beethoven
These works represent the third and last period of Beethoven's compositional style.

E.T.A. Hoffmann, Sonatas; Robert Schumann, Kreisleriana; 2 CD's

Rarely performed sonatas by a composer best known for his literary writings, side by side with music based on some of those writings by a great composer who was also a literary figure of some note.

On April 30, 2012, Professor Luisa Guembes-Buchanan received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany bestowed upon her by the German Federal President.
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