Here are samples of my playing on various pianos. The first three selections were recorded on David Sutherland's remarkable replica of the type of Florentine piano that must have been made in the 1730s by Cristofori's successor, Giovanni Ferrini, on the evidence of his surviving piano action of 1746. The action of this piano is identical to Cristofori's, but expanding the range from four octaves (C - c3) to four and a half (GG - d3).
The charming G-major sonata by Alberti forms part of a privately recorded CD demonstrating the Sutherland fortepiano. Its first movement relies heavily upon the eponymous bass figuration in a "singing allegro" style, and the lively second movement presents one of the most striking rising sequences ever penned (six rises of a whole step, touching every major triad in the process).
The Adagio from Giovanni Platti's Sonata in G minor was played in a recital at the Bloomington Early Music Festival on May 22, 2005 and features the cantabile quality of the instrument.
The finale of the Bach Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 was performed at the Boston Early Music Festival on June 14, 2009 with my esteemed colleagues Elizabeth Field and Gesa Kordes, violins, Nina Falk, viola, and Stephanie Vial, cello.
The Beethoven Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 34 were recorded in the Organ Recital Hall of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on a fortepiano in the style of Anton Walter, built by Vincent Dulin in 1986. This piece was my contribution to a CD by six of Malcolm Bilson's former pupils produced in honor of his 70th birthday.
The Chopin Nocturne in E flat, Op. 9, No. 2 was performed in Greensboro on October 15, 2004 on the concert series Music for a Great Space, in a recital celebrating the acquisition of an 1848 Pleyel grand piano. A number of Chopin's authentic emendations and variants are heard.
Stravinsky's Piano-Rag-music represents one of my contributions to the 2008 Focus on Piano Literature at UNCG, with the theme of "Paris in the 1920s."
Martin Amlin's Eight Variations were commissioned in 1999 by Piano and Keyboard magazine, which unfortunately suspended publication before the piece could appear, thus depriving this gem of a much wider appreciation. This track is included by permission of Albany Records and Theodore Presser Company, which publishes it under the catalog number 110-41765. It may be heard along with several other works by Amlin, Fine, and Copland on Albany CD Troy 674.
Chen Yi's energetic Duo Ye, perhaps her best-known piano work, was performed on a tour of Chinese conservatories in May 2005. I feel this recording, captured from a seat in the audience during one of these recitals, conveys the spirit of this exciting work despite its sonic limitations. Included by permission of Theodore Presser Company, which publishes it under the catalog number 110-40728.