What happens when you take two accomplished orchestral and chamber players, give them a studio and engineer, a pile of great works and the time to record them? The answer is that it's a multiple of what you might expect - it's at least Times Two...
That's exactly what Netanel Draiblate, Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Lura Johnson, Pianist for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra did. They recorded pieces by Grieg, Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Prokofiev. Azica Records did the recording, and now their production, Perspectives, has been released as a CD. It will be available in online versions as well.
Their first concert in September introduced the ensemble and their recording to the public as the season opener for Ms. Johnson's own concert series, Music in the Great Hall, now in its 40th season. The concert was held in the Great Hall of the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, where the series has been located since 1989, and also featured a special reception and CD signing by the artists. It kicked off a series of concerts by the duo.
Both musicians are graduates of the Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Draiblate having studied with Pamela Frank and Ms. Johnson with Leon Fleisher. Both have active teaching careers as well as their orchestral responsibilities and their chamber music-making. Mr. Draiblate recently returned from a tour of Brazil where he was both a soloist and Guest Concertmaster with the National Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Cohen and Ms. Johnson just finished a string of concerts with Baltimore Symphony Concertmaster Jonathan Carney in the Northeastern states of the US.
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