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SCHIFRIN, Lalo (b 1932 )

PIANO WORKS


  • Mirian Conti, piano

Lalo Schifrin, the internationally renowned composer of classic film and TV scores such as Bullitt, Dirty Harry and Rush Hour, has collaborated with fellow Argentinian pianist Mirian Conti for this collection of his works for solo piano, including several world premières. A unique arrangement of the famous theme to Mission: Impossible is included, as well as his most recent compositions: the two richly sensuous tangos and the powerful Jazz Sonata, composed especially for Conti.

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Tracklist

1
Mission: Impossible: Main Theme (version for piano) (1973) * (00:02:01)
2
Tango: Main Theme, "Tango del Atardecer" (version for piano) (1997) * (00:06:14)
3
Pampas (version for piano) (2009) * (00:09:17)
 
Jazz Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (2016 version) (1963) (00:23:57 )
4
I. Allegro * (00:09:13)
5
II. Andante * (00:09:58)
6
III. Molto vivace * (00:04:49)
7
Danza de los Montes (version for piano) (2005) * (00:04:02)
8
Theme and 10 Variations on an Original Theme (2016) * (00:11:43)
9
Tango a Borges (version for piano) (2005) * (00:05:48)
10
La Calle y la Luna (version for piano) (2005) * (00:08:34)
11
Lullaby for Jack () (00:01:40)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:13:19

The Artist

Argentine/American and Yamaha artist, Mirian Conti’s prolific recording output and international concerts have garnered praise and awards. In recognition of her extraordinary talent, a scholarship honouring Mirian Conti was established at The Juilliard School by the Edwin Bachman Estate. In addition, she was selected as one of the 100 Outstanding Alumni to celebrate The Juilliard School’s centennial in 2005–06. Her recordings on the Koch International label Danzas Fantasticas and Ernesto Halffter: Sonatina have been praised by Gramophone, as has her Looking South recording on Albany. She has also recorded works by American and Spanish composers, including Katherine Hoover, Phillip Ramey, Michael White, Samuel Zyman, Morton Gould, Vincent Persichetti, Joaquín Turina, James Cohn, David Diamond and Ernest Bloch for Toccata Classics, Island, XLNT and Parnassus Records. Her CD on Toccata Classics, Music of Benjamin Lees 1947–2005 received an award for best recording of contemporary music by International Piano Magazine in 2008. She has been awarded the Albéniz Medal for her performance of Iberia in Camprodon, Spain. Mirian Conti has appeared worldwide as soloist and with many orchestras, in Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America, Canada and throughout the US. With a commitment to promoting the classical piano literature of Latin America, Spain and the US, Mirian Conti has been organising competitions, directing festivals and promoting the careers of promising young musicians through masterclasses and special prizes, and has been active as a board member of several renowned musical organisations. A much sought-after juror for international piano competitions, Mirian Conti is on the faculty of the evening division at The Juilliard School. For more information, visit www.mirianconti.com.

Reviews

“Schifrin knows how to write a memorable theme, and Conti, with her strong and clear projection, knows how to sell it.” – Fanfare

Cinemusical

“Conti’s performances capture well the rhythmic complexities of these works and communicate their vitality. The melodies are beautifully shaped and this is enhanced by the rich, extended jazz harmonies.” – Cinemusical

Film Score Monthly

“Conti’s performances connect well with the rhythmic vitality of Schifrin’s music, ably delivering the gorgeous melodic content and rich, extended jazz harmonies.” – Film Score Monthly