Uploaded to YouTube on Nov 17, 2011
From my recital last week at the University of Hawaii. One of my favorite Liszt pieces.
" … Sheppard showed off his technical elan and interpretive breadth. … Sheppard's performance was notable especially for the tension and heightened lyricism he achieved in the finale; his superb control of the crescendo passages had a lot to do with that expressive force.
… a potent, absorbing account of a venerable keyboard classic.
… The pianist sculpted the most tender variations of the second movement and the enigmatic finale with particular sensitivity.
A prolific composer, Sheppard also added one of his own works to the mix, "Invitation to Travel" … a keen exploitation of the piano's coloristic possibilities. The performance was, of course, authoritative.""
Published on YouTube on Mar 14, 2012
Piano fantasy on the song "Mad World", by Tears for Fears. Based more on the version in the movie "Donnie Darko" than the original TFF version. Hope you enjoy it.
P.S. That buzzing you may hear is from two paper clips, for a prepared-piano piece that had been rehearsed just before the concert, accidentally falling into the piano. We didn't have the proper tool to get them out in time. So there's buzzing. Yay. Anyway, it's barely detectable in the video, so I deemed it not sufficiently horrible enough to keep me from posting it. Also yay.
a virtuosic soloist possessed of power, sensitivity, earthiness, and humor."