A Conversation Piece / Rea Beaumont
1 6:13 Réa Beaumont Shattered Ice 2 1:18 John Weinzweig Suite No. 2: I. A Conversation Piece 3 2:28 John Weinzweig Suite No. 2: II. Berceuse 4 1:05 John Weinzweig Suite No. 2: III. Toccata Dance 5 6:12 Jean Coulthard Threnody (Requiem Piece) 6 2:42 R. Murray Schafer Polytonality 7 8:42 John Weinzweig Netscapes 8 4:38 Maurice Ravel Miroirs: I. Noctuelles 9 3:55 Maurice Ravel Miroirs: II. Oiseaux Tristes 10 6:55 Maurice Ravel Miroirs; III. Une Barque sur l’océan 11 6:36 Maurice Ravel Miroirs; IV. Alborada del gracioso 12 4:46 Maurice Ravel Miroirs: V. La Vallée des cloches
Featured in International Musician, award-winning classical pianist Réa Beaumont captures her audience’s attention with compelling interpretations on her third CD A Conversation Piece. The album features traditional Impressionist repertoire and a diverse selection of undiscovered modern gems. Beaumont’s depth of artistry and stunning technical command are evident in Maurice Ravel’s five-movement masterpiece Miroirs (1905). Beaumont takes the album’s title from the first movement of the lyrical Suite No. 2 (1950)* by John Weinzweig who is considered ‘the dean of Canadian classical music’, Weinzweig wrote in a wide variety of styles and this work is a world away from his later jazz-influenced and amusing Netscapes (2000).* Also included is the only current commercially available recording of R. Murray Schafer’s first composition – the delightful and innovative Polytonality (1952), which Réa delivers with a playful charm. Beaumont brings elegance and grandeur to Jean Coulthard’s moving Threnody (Requiem Piece) (1968), based on a chorale from JS Bach’s Cantata (BWV 3), which is a poignant work with French Impressionist influences. The album features Réa Beaumont’s compositional début with her exciting and adventurous Shattered Ice (2013)* that cautions against ecological destruction in the Canadian Arctic.