June 24, 2024

Kraus’ Recording Accepted for Streaming on Pandora

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Andrew Kraus

Piano Instructor Andrew Kraus’ performance with Raleigh-based Soprano, Jennifer Paschal, of Benjamin Britten’s “On this Island,” currently available through iTunes, CD Baby, etc., was just accepted for streaming on Pandora. An update will be posted when streaming begins after classification by Pandora’s Music Genome service.  Tracks from his CD, Music from the Golden Age of the Piano continue to stream on Pandora as well as being available for download through the usual digital providers.

 

Henselt in Context at 26th Annual Feuchtwangen Piano Festival

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Henselt and Kraus

Pictured here with the commemorative statue of Adolph von Henselt in von Henselt’s home town of Schwabach, Germany, Adjunct Piano Instructor Andrew Kraus presented a recital, Henselt in Context, in the “Stadt Kasten” as a featured soloist in the 27th Annual International Feuchtwanger Piano Festival in Feuchtwangen, Germany on April 23. The program featured 17 pieces pairing works by Adolph von Henselt with those by better known composers including Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, and Liszt.

Kraus is recognized for the warmth and “heart” in his playing. In the words of one of the Feuchtwangen attendees, “…I had the feeling that [name redacted] plays very well, but without a heart, and at your concert, my heart was happy…”.

The venue for the series was the Stadt Kasten, a half timbered structure located in the main church square of the city, originally built in 1565 as a barn. Today, the building is used for concerts, plays and other cultural events year round.

Kraus plans on presenting this recital to the UMW community during the next academic year.

Britten’s “On This Island” Concert Recording Released

On Feb. 22, 2014, UMW Music Department Adjunct Instructor of Piano Andrew Kraus released a concert recording of Benjamin Britten’s beautiful and intriguing “On This Island” with soprano Jennifer Paschal on the CD Baby label.

“On This Island”, a collection of five songs spanning baroque, romantic and cabaret styles,  is Britten’s setting of five poems from W. H. Auden’s previously published collection by the same name.  Britten and Auden worked closely together on the cycle, and their compositional mastery shines in this work.

The recording is available as a digital download from CD Baby here:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jenniferpaschalandandrew, and is scheduled to be released on iTunes, Amazon.com and other internet streaming services later this month.