Joshua Pierce Plays
Bach, Hindemith and Bloch
Composers: Bach, Hindesmith and Bloch
Performers: Joshua Pierce, Capella Istropolitana, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kirk Trevor
"Here’s a refreshing program, crisply and smartly played, that combines two somewhat off-the-beaten-path works with Bach’s most substantial keyboard concerto..."
Hensen, American Record Guide, Jan/Feb 2014 more...
"...A nice mix-and-match of styles not all that far apart."- Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition, 8/2/13 more...
Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano
Composer: Vincent Persichetti
Poetry By Wallace Stevens
Performers: Sherry Overholt & Joshua Pierce
"Voice and piano intertwine dynamically throughout." -Michael Johnson, Classical Music Network, 7/23/13 more...
In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of John Cage (1912-1992)
John Cage: A Tribute
FOUR WALLS (1944), PRIMITIVE (1942), IN THE NAME OF THE HOLOCAUST (1942), QUEST (1935), OUR SPIRNG WILL COME (1948), PRELUDE (PIANO SEXTET) IN A MINOR FOR SIX INSTRUMENTS (1946), OPHELIA (1946), SONATAS AND INTERLUDES FOR PREPARED PIANO (1946-1948), THREE EARLY SONGS (1933), TWO PIECES FOR PIANO (1946), MUSIC FOR MARCEL DUCHAMP (1947), SPONTANEOUS EARTH (1944), THREE EASY PIECES FOR PIANO (1933), THE UNAVAILABLE MEMORY OF (1944), TWO PIECES FOR PIANO (1935/rev.1974)
John Cage 100 / Various artists (Wergo)
"Wergo’s handsomely produced box set was assembled for last year’s 2012 John Cage centenary. Fans will lap it up, and one hopes that curious newcomers will take the plunge and open their ears to this extraordinary, approachable music. Joshua Pierce’s 1970s album of the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano still sounds definitive. Cage’s Table of Preparations is included in the booklet, listing in alarming detail the position, size and orientation of every bolt, washer and screw inserted in Pierce’s piano. Inevitably, you start to wonder if the bell-like sounds and echoes of gamelan music would come across differently if the screws were placed at random. Still, the wonder lies in hearing these tiny pieces packing an expressive punch out all proportion to their miniature scale."
Graham Dickson, www.theartsdesk.com February 2, 2013, United Kingdom
"Almost the first thing you'll notice about Pierce's playing is the steady, calm yet totally confident command with which he paces and navigates through the intricacies of some of the composer's most engaging and enticing works for solo piano. "
Read Mark Sealey's Classical.Net review here
"The highlight on this set is the transcendent live performance by Pierce of Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano."
Whittington's Concertonet.com review here
John Cage 2-CD set was featured on Q2 Music's (WQXR's online station for contemporary music) Album of the Week for August 24 - August 31, 2012.
"There are few pianists as equipped to tackle the polarizing music of John Cage as powerfully as Joshua Pierce...Pierce’s balance of careful technique and violent abandon throughout offer a profound and accessible portrait of the landscape-changing composer." - Read the entire review here
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Joshua Pierce Performs REVELATION - Michael Harrison's Music for the Harmonically Tuned Piano. Read a review of recent performances here.
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Beethoven: Opus 73: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major ("Emperor")
Artists: Joshua Pierce,
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra / Bystric Rezucha
"An absolutely amazing performance! It's wonderful to hear Pierce on piano, he plays so with such ease, yet sensitive and with great personality. Very good orchestra, too.The sound is very good."
"Tremendous! I have listened to this set over and over (Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos/MSR 1200) and each time, I hear more of the nuance in Pierce's playing, especially in Piano Concerto No. 4. And the Finale of the First Piano Concerto has a clarity to it I have never heard before. It's lyrically exhilarating! An amazing CD."
Joshua Pierce and Sherry Overholt received a
The Aaron Copland Fund For Music, Inc. 2012
New York Philharmonic Uses Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas' Performance of
Martinu's Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra as Part of Podcast.
Listen to the Program Here.
New Review in Gramophone! Read it here.