Bates releases live CD by Frank Glazer

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LEWISTON — Bates College has released a CD by pianist Frank Glazer of Topsham, a musician of international renown who became an artist-in-residence at Bates 30 years ago this year.

 “Frank Glazer: Live at the Olin Arts Center” features music by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Aaron Copland, Godfrey Turner and Frederic Chopin.

The CD contains tracks that were recorded during performances marking important career milestones for Glazer, who turned 95 this year: a 2006 concert held 70 years to the day after his New York City debut, and a 2009 date celebrating the 60th anniversary of his first Carnegie Hall appearance.

 Seth Warner, manager of the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall at Bates, produced the CD. “My goal was to have a document of Frank still flourishing after all these years — something that would transcend the CD medium and convey Frank’s sound, warmth and presence,” he said.

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 “I’m thrilled that it is a live and unedited recording,” Warner added.

Music on  “Frank Glazer: Live at the Olin Arts Center” includes  “English” Suite No. 3 in G minor (BWV 808) by J.S. Bach, from the 2006 concert; Sonata in A minor (D 845) by Franz Schubert, also from 2006; Piano Variations by Aaron Copland, recorded in 2009;  “Great Paul” by Godfrey Turner, 2009;and the Scherzo in C-sharp minor (Op. 39) by Frederic Chopin, 2006.

Retailing for $15, plus a shipping and handling fee, the CD is available from the Bates College bookstore by calling 786-6121, or at batestickets.com or store.batesbookstore.com/music1.html.

 Glazer, who just completed a seasonlong survey of the complete cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas at Bates, remains a vital presence on the music scene in Maine and beyond. He has given concerts in more than 24 countries; appeared on his own television show for NBC stations; made more than 50 recordings and performed 30 world premieres.

 There’s more Glazer in the Olin vault. “In the preparations for this recording, I discovered that there is an unreleased, but finished and mastered, recording of Frank playing Schubert and Brahms fantasies and a late Beethoven sonata,” Warner said. “It was recorded at Olin in the late 1990s by Grammy-winning classical producer and engineer Judith Sherman. The project was shelved after recording due to market conditions in the industry, even though the sound and playing are fantastic.”

 He is working on obtaining the rights to release the recording.

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