From Brighton to Brooklyn / Urioste, Poster
Elena Urioste is a musician, yogi, writer, and entrepreneur, while Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist; they are musical and (now married) life partners. From Brighton to Brooklyn is an exploration and celebration of their British and American backgrounds and mutual fascination with music from each-other’s home country. They comment: ‘All the pieces by English and American composers on this recording deserve to be heard far more often than they are: none would be considered core repertoire, yet every one of them captivates through its composer’s distinctive voice. Some of the pieces have been known to one or both of us for many years; others we discovered only when we were dreaming up this recording. With the exception of Coleridge-Taylor’s soaring, impassioned Ballade, this is a collection of miniatures and character pieces. Some, such as the works by Beach and Bridge, transport us to a world of elegant salons; others, such as the pieces by Britten and Schoenfeld, are colorfully virtuosic and certainly gave us a shot of adrenaline in the recording studio! Bridge’s Heart’s Ease, with which the album closes, perfectly encapsulates a more general tendency among our chosen pieces to convey the listener to another world, using relatively few notes, and it has become a particular favorite of ours. We hope that you, too, will discover some new treasures here.’
Urioste and Poster link lighter, salon-type pieces by the Americans Amy Beach and Florence Price and the Britons Frank Bridge and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to music that draws on vernacular sources. Primary among these are Copland's early and heavily jazz-flavored Two Pieces of 1926, which are not often heard and fit in beautifully here. The players draw in a later work imbued with Gershwin's spirit, the Four Souvenirs of Paul Schoenfield. Britten's Suite adds a just slightly harder edge, and the program concludes with Bridge's beautifully lyrical Heart's Ease. Urioste and Poster never try to make more of this music than is actually there, and what is actually there is considerable charm and a fresh concept that no one should disvalue.
-- AllMusicGuide.com (James Manheim)
Release Date: January 07, 2022
Catalog Number: CHAN 20248
Number of Discs: 1
Performer: Elena Urioste, Tom Poster