Ruth Laredo






Ruth Laredo

 

 

Ruth Laredo recently took part in Russian Festival "International Week"

    

Pianist Ruth Laredo was invited by the Ministry of Culture of Russia to take part in the Russian Festival "International Week" held by the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after Rimsky-Korsakov from September 20-27, 2004. This year the Festival was be dedicated to the bicentenary of the great Russian composer, Mikhail Glinka.

Ms. Laredo, a 3-time Grammy nominated artist known for her recordings of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, took an active part in the festival program, performing both as soloist and chamber music player and conducting a master class for Russian students.

Cathedral in the Nevsky Prospekt
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Review of Performance at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Pianist summons perfect storm of music

"Ruth Laredo, known as 'America's First Lady of the Piano,' is gifted with steely fingers, prodigious technique, a passionate temperament and an affinity for dark and heavy music.

In her superb recital Wednesday night at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the renowned artist plunged into pieces by composers who pushed and expanded the expressive powers of the piano. Shrewdly balancing familiar and lesser-known works, she played with ringing tone, intense presence and innate musicianship."

--The Plain Dealer, Cleveland 4/17/04   

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2004-2005 Season Highlights

September 20-27, 2004With the Shanghai Quartet in Nantucket, MA
Russian Festival "International Week"
St. Petersburg State Conservatory
Dedicated to the bicentenary of Mikhail Glinka

October 6-10
Tour with Manchester Music Festival Orchestra
Mozart Concerto K. 449

Tuesday, October 12
Appearance as soloist with Manchester Music Festival Orchestra

Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts
Ruth in St. Petersburg in front of Statue of Pushkin
Mozart Concerto K. 449

Sunday, October 17
Recital - Opening concert - Mostly Music Series

Westfield, NJ

Sunday, October 24 at 7:30 P.M.
Guest artist with St. Petersburg String Quartet

JCC of W. Orange, NJ

Brahms Quintet

Thursday, October 28
Guest artist with St. Petersburg String Quartet
Ashland, Oregon Chamber Music Series
Shostakovich Trio No. 2 and Brahms Quintet

Concerts with Commentary at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtBackstage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art "Russian Spirit" concert series with guest artist, soprano Courtenay Budd
"The Russian Spirit"
Special guest artists:
Courtenay Budd, soprano and the St. Petersburg Quartet
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
for tickets call (212) 570-3949 or Click Here

Friday, November 5, 2004 at 7:00 P.M.
Scriabin - Works for Solo Piano
Rachmaninoff - Songs
Tchaikovsky - Trio in A Minor, Opus 50

Friday, January 21, 2005 at 7:00 P.M.
Rachmaninoff - Works for Solo Piano
Tchaikovsky - Songs

Shostakovich - Piano QuintetBackstage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art "Russian Spirit" concert series with members of the St. Petersburg String Quartet

Friday, May 6, 2005 at 7:00 P.M.
Scriabin - Works for Solo Piano
Rachmaninoff - Songs

Prokofiev - Sonata No. 1 in F Minor for Violin and Piano, Opus 80

Tchaikovsky - String Sextet in D Major,
Opus 70, "Souvenir de Florence"
 

Concerts with Commentary
at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts:

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 7 P.M.
American Classics: Gottschalk to Gershwin, Bernstein to Barber

On tour with the Shanghai Quartet, Cape CodWednesday, January 5, 2005 at 7 P.M.
The Russian Spirit: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokoviev

Sunday, February 6, 2005 at 7 P.M.
French Delicacies: Ravel and Franck
Introducing special guest artist Nicholas Kendall, violin

Monday, March 28, 2005 at 7 P.M.
Beethoven and his Influence

CONCERT SERIES

Concerts with Commentary  
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and throughout the U.S.
In addition to her regular recital and symphony engagements, the Concerts with Commentary series is now being presented in many other cities around the U.S. in the form of single events or a 3-concert series.

Ruth Laredo Video at the MET

       These annual events have proven that New York audiences love the informality of Ruth Laredo's Concerts with Commentary...She speaks from the heart then she performs the music, creating a living portrait of the composer and his life and times.

     This season featured the music of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Shostakovich, in a three-concert series titled "The Russian Spirit" with special guests Courtenay Budd, soprano and the St. Petersburg String Quartet.

VIEW CLIPS OF RUTH LAREDO
PERFORMING RACHMANINOFF LIVE
IN A PREVIOUS CONCERT SERIES
Piano Concerto No. 2
    (mov, 2.92 MB)
Prelude in c# minor
    (mov, 1.87 MB)


Marian McPartland, Dick Hyman, Ruth Laredo
Three Piano Crossover
Ruth Laredo teams up with Dick Hyman and  Marian McPartland for this refreshing program which explores the boundaries between  Classical Music and Jazz.

 

25th Anniversary Concert

Celebrate with Ruth Laredo, 25th Anniversary Concert, click here

25th Anniversary Concert

Reviewed in The New York Times,  September 15, 2001 

"A Pianist With Sustenance at an Anniversary Concert"


"'It was important for me to play,' Ms. Laredo said in a brief address to the audience before the concert. 'Great music gives us spiritual sustenance and gives us hope. It is in that spirit that I play tonight.' ...The sustenance that Ms. Laredo's rich program offered was on the order of a haute cuisine feast, set down with a pure heart "

--The New York Times   

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RECENT RECORDINGS/MAGAZINES/BOOKS

Ruth Laredo Video
Concerts with Commentary
Live from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Music of Rachmaninoff


Ruth's Video and CD celebrating her concerts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art are available in the Museum gift shop.

VIEW CLIPS FROM THE VIDEO:
Piano Concerto No. 2 (mov, 2.92 MB)
Prelude in c# minor (mov, 1.87 MB)


NOW AVAILABLE:

Ruth Laredo Plays
Ravel


La Valse
Sonatine
Miroirs
Prelude in A Minor
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn

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3  CDs released from previous recordings 
are now available, including the
Grammy nominated all-Barber recording.
 
Ruth Laredo Plays Chopin Ruth Laredo Plays Samuel Barber Ruth Laredo Plays Tchaikovsky

Ruth Laredo
Plays Chopin

Ruth Laredo
Plays Samuel Barber

Ruth Laredo
Plays Tchaikovsky

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With the Shanghai Quartet
Brahms Piano QuartetsBrahms Piano Quartets
Ruth Laredo's latest recording is a 2-CD set of the complete Brahms Piano Quartets with the Shanghai Quartet, recorded on the Arabesque Label.
    

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    LISTEN TO CLIPS FROM THE CD:
       Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 - Allegro (mp3, 378K)
       Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 - Andante con moto (mp3, 690K)
       Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 - Allegro non troppo (mp3, 830K)
       Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 - Finale. Allegro (mp3, 784K)
       Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 - Allegro non troppo (mp3, 862K)
       Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 - Andante (mp3, 502K)


Such Good FriendsSuch Good Friends 
Recorded on an authentic 1893 Bechstein Piano from the Metropolitan Museum's instrument collection, this recording highlights the personal relationships between Brahms, Mendelssohn, and the Schumanns.  Available in the Metropolitan Musuem of Art Gift Shop.

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     LISTEN TO CLIPS FROM THE CD:
          Felix Mendelssohn - Rondo Capriccioso (mp3, 330K)
         Robert Schumann - Fantasiestücke, Op. 12,
                                     Traumes Wirren (Dream Visions) (mp3, 752K)
          Clara Schumann - Romance, Op. 11 (mp3, 534K)
          Johannes Brahms - Op. 118, #2 in A major (mp3, 518K)

Ned Rorem Chamber Music from the Great Lakes Festival

Ned Rorem
Chamber Music from the  Great Lakes Festival
Ruth Laredo recently recorded Ned Rorem's "Day Music" suite with violinist Philip Setzer for Newport Classics.
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LISTEN TO CLIPS FROM THE CD:
     Day - Bats (mp3, 424K)
     Day - Billet Doux (mp3, 824K)     
     Day - Pearls (mp3, 424K)


Ruth Laredo


The sensational Steinway artist's first PianoDisc release, Artist Series:
Ruth Laredo-Bach to Rach (PD 3026) is available.


Ruth LaredoFeatured in Woody Allen's 
" Small Time Crooks"

Ruth Laredo appeared in the Woody Allen film, "Small Time Crooks", which stars Hugh Grant.  Hugh Grant tries to impress Tracy Ullman by taking her to an important  N.Y. Concert, a piano recital in which Ruth Laredo plays music of Rachmaninoff. 

 


On the Cover of Piano Today

 

Featured on the cover 
of the Fall 2000
Piano Today.

Serkin, Casals, and Woody Allen
Ruth Laredo's Musical Journey


The Ruth Laredo Becoming a Musician Book


The Ruth Laredo 
Becoming a Musician Book 
European American Music Corporation (EA 714)
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Also available from:
Warner Brothers Publications
(800) 628-1528


Rachmaninoff Preludes, Opus 3 and Opus 23

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
PRELUDE, Opus 3, No. 2 in C-sharp Minor
TEN PRELUDES, Opus 23
Edited by Ruth Laredo
Edition Peters (P66900)
Available from your local music dealer.

Also available from:
Frank Music Company
250 West 54th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Telephone (212) 582-1999
Fax (212) 582-6215

Or direct from C.F. Peters Corp.  (718) 416-7800


Rachmaninoff Preludes, Opus 32 SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
THIRTEEN  PRELEUDES, Opus 32
Edited by Ruth Laredo
Edition Peters (P66901)
Available from your local music dealer.

Also available from:
Frank Music Company
250 West 54th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Telephone (212) 582-1999
Fax (212) 582-6215

Or direct from C.F. Peters Corp.  (718) 416-7800

 

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