Any movie fan will recognize the principal musical themes from ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Godfather’, and ‘Gone With The Wind’. Even if they don’t know the names of the composers, listeners associate these famous themes with the films that made them famous. But not all movie music was specifically composed for film scores. In the 90-year history of movie music, much of the greatest movie music was written by composers who died long before the movies were filmed. From the earliest days of the cinema, classical music has served as a fertile source for the soundtracks of the world’s most beloved films. This album focuses on piano renditions of classical music featured in soundtracks of major motion pictures. From the earliest days of the movie industry, through the Golden Age of Hollywood, to today’s international film scene, music by the great classical composers has always been an essential component of cinematic success. Sometimes the compositions were originally written for piano; in other instances, the pieces have been transcribed for piano performance. What they all have in common is their lyricism, their beauty, and their unique ability to complement the presentation of the story on film.
Hahn: Le rossignol eperdu
Given Reynaldo Hahn’s high profile with the patrons of Paris’s pre-war artist salons, it’s not surprising that his original works for piano include a good number of short character pieces that exude charm. His magnum opus in this genre, the “53 poèmes pour piano” collectively titled “Le Rossignol éperdu” is the early 20th Century’s answer to Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words.
Granados: Goyescas CD music contains a single disc with 6 songs. Inspired by the art of eighteenth century painter Francisco Goya, Goyescas is perhaps the greatest work of Enrique Granados. Yoonie Han, a specialist in this repertoire, is a brilliant advocate for this evocative Suite that captures the art and musical styles of Spain Granados: Goyescas album for sale. A follow-up to her praised first release on the Steinway label, “Love and Longing,” which was praised for its heartfelt performances and harmonically fulfilling recording, this new album offers the complete Goyescas, recorded at the new Steinway Hall in New York City Granados: Goyescas songs. “Yoonie Hall has gleaned considerable note for her victories at selected competitions Granados: Goyescas buy CD music. A pupil of Eleanor Sokoloff, Robert McDonald, and Philippe Entremont, she possesses an articulate combination of fluency and poetic feeling.” (Audiophile Audition). Granados: Goyescas album for sale by Granados / Han was released Feb 17, 2017 on the Steinway & Sons label.
Love and Longing
It is a known fact that love, whether promising or perilous, is indispensable to humanity. With Love and Longing (Steinway & Sons, 2014), rising star pianist Yoonie Han invites us to share her exceptional solo piano interpretations of some of the world’s most revered Lieder. The 13-track recording includes works by such Late Romantic Era composers as Schubert, Liszt, Prokofiev and Wagner as well as the world premiere recording of a new piece written for Han by composer Theodore Wiprud titled “El Jaleo.” – Paula Edelstein
“Romantic Works”, Concert Artist Guild
Yoonie Han’s debut recital recording is marked by a uniquely personal and poetic style. She shows a special feel for Spanish music in Granados performances of remarkable freedom, filled with color and playfulness and rapture. Although her Bach-Busoni has all the grandeur one could wish for, her Liszt has a sensitivity, even a delicacy, that goes far beyond the usual rhetorical grandiosity. This is a young pianist with something of her own to say, one well worth getting to know. – Spence Porter