BERNARD RANDS: Piano Music 1960-2010


Bernard Rands’s (b. 1934) output for piano draws influences from varied sources, though it eschews the tendency of postmodernism to treat all musics and all styles as equally valid. Rather, Rands aims at homogeneity, at the integration of a craftsman, at music borne of both the heart and the mind. The centerpiece of the present recording is the set of twelve Preludes (2007), with the program spanning a half-century of Rands’s work. The performances are by two of the leading figures in the contemporary piano world.

Robert Levin & Ursula Oppens, pianos

Tre Espressioni (1960)
Ursula Oppens, piano

Espressione IV (1964)
Robert Levin & Ursula Oppens, pianos

Memo 5 (1975)
Ursula Oppens, piano

Preludes (2007)
Robert Levin, piano

Impromptu (2010)
Ursula Oppens, piano