Tones & Colors (CAG Records, 2018)

An unusual and creative approach ... It’s a skillfully assembled repertoire list and beautifully played throughout.... Stepanova is one to follow in the piano world.
— The Whole Note (Canada)
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Liza Stepanova presents Tones & Colors, a special project that explores the relationship between music and visual art. Each musical work on this album has either been directly inspired by a specific work of art or has inspired a painter or sculptor in return. 

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Watch an excerpt from Liza’s performance of Tones & Colors at National Sawdust in New York City. Listen to Fanny Mendelssohn’s “September” (with artwork by Wilhelm Hensel) and hear Liza speak about the project.

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 Henri Fantin-Latour (France, Grenoble, 1836-1904): Tannhäuser on the Venusberg. Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art - corresponds to Wagner-Liszt  Overture to Tannhauser  on the CD. 

Henri Fantin-Latour (France, Grenoble, 1836-1904): Tannhäuser on the Venusberg. Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art - corresponds to Wagner-Liszt Overture to Tannhauser on the CD. 

   Antoine Watteau (1684-1721):  Mezzetin         (1733). Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art - corresponds to Godowsky  Watteau-Paysage  on the CD. 

Antoine Watteau (1684-1721): Mezzetin (1733). Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art - corresponds to Godowsky Watteau-Paysage on the CD. 


I.                A Spanish Room

Enrique Granados: The Strawman - inspired by Goya
Maurice Ohana: Bury Them And Be Silent - inspired by Goya
Joaquín Turina: Before “The Lances” by Velazquez - inspired by Velazquez

II.              Nature and Impressionism

Fanny Hensel: September: At the River - artwork in the score by Wilhelm Hensel
Bohuslav Martinů: Butterflies in the Flowers  - inspired by Švabinský 
Claude Debussy: Goldfish - inspired by a Japanese print

III.           Conversations Across Time

J. S Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor - has inspired a sculpture by Heinrich Neugeboren
George Crumb: Adoration of the Magi - inspired by Giotto
Lyonel Feininger: Fugue in E-flat minor - Feininger, a renowned painter, was inspired by Bach

IV.           Wagner, Infinity, and an Encore

Wagner-Liszt: Overture to "Tannhäuser" - Wagner's Tannhäuser inspired Cezanne, Fantin-Latour, and others
György Ligeti: Infinite Column - inspired by Brâncuşi
Leopold Godowsky: Watteau-Paysage - inspired by Watteau