To Keep the Dark Away: A Favorite CD

So glad that Rafael’s Music Notes lists To Keep the Dark Away as one of his favorite CD’s of 2016. He says “TO KEEP THE DARK AWAY (www.ravellorecords.com) features an exciting mix of the contemporary and the Romantic in piano literature. Gayle Martin’s playing is classically elegant in selections by Schumann and Wagner. But it is the intricately beautiful new music of Judith Shatin and Martin’s playing of it that which makes this album so very special.”

For me, this was the culmination of a long-term project. Gayle, a friend since our days at the Aspen Music Festival and Juilliard, had discussed her desire to record a CD with some of her favorite Romantic-era piano transcriptions, as well as two of my pieces. To Keep the Dark Away was commissioned for her, and Gayle herself commissioned Fantasy on St. Cecilia