Donna Coleman, piano

April 28, 2017 – 5:30 pm
Music of Beethoven and Ives

Ludwig van Beethoven
1770 Bonn – 1727 Vienna
Sonata in A-flat major, Opus 110 (1821)
   Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
   Allegro molto
   Adagio ma non troppo – Fuga
Charles Edward Ives
1874 Danbury CT – 1954 West Redding CT
Second Pianoforte Sonata (“Concord, Mass., 1840–60”) (1904–1918)
   III. The Alcotts

"Spirit, Passion, and the Right Hands"
Peter Cossé, Fono Forum (Berlin, 1990)
World-renowned concert and recording artist, performance researcher, and writer, Donna Coleman shares her insights into the relationships between the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Charles Edward Ives. Her Et'Cetera recording of Ives’s Concord Sonata received France's Diapason d'Or and Editor's Choice upon release, and James H. North, writing for Fanfare, declared her interpretation of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 1 "grand and sweeping, strong and confident, filled with charm and overflowing with joy. It immediately becomes my preferred version."dc
Coleman's interest in the nineteenth century background for Ives' music evolved into the Rags to Riches series of recordings (ABC Classics) for which Australia’s Soundscapes awarded its Editor's Choice to Volume I, A Syncopated Century. Havana to Harlem (Volume II) was released in July 2005. In 2010 OutBach® released Don’t Touch Me, the solo piano Danzas Cubanas by Ignacio Cervantes to critical acclaim, available at cdbaby. The Lost Lady [OutBach® CN002] was released in November 2015. All of Donna Coleman’s compact discs are available on iTunes and at
Among her many prizes are the Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the United States Information Agency, Second Prize in the first International American Music Competition (John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC), three Rockefeller Foundation grants for touring in the USA, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award that funded her first residency in Australia in 1992 which led to an invitation to join the staff of the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) as Head of Keyboard. The Celestial Railroad Tours featuring her eclectic repertory encompassing Bach to Bill Evans to compositions written yesterday have taken her to 29 of the United States of America, and to Canada, Europe, and Australia for concerts and for master classes and workshops featuring her Dancing with the Piano philosophy of whole-person music making.
Don't miss The Concord Trio’s second concert for the Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Sunday, September 3, at 6:00 p.m., featuring trios by Beethoven and Ives, via internet or for one week following as a podcast. For more information about concerts, lessons, tutorials, masterclasses, workshops, or recordings, please contact Dr Coleman at the email address below.
“This Second Pianoforte Sonata . . . finds here its most convincing recorded version, due to its assertion,
the assurance in its manner of effectively carrying out each detail, its analytical finesse.”
Christian Tarting, Diapason (Paris, February 1990)
KTC 1079 awarded the Diapason d’Or and Editor’s Choice