Renée Reznek to release CD of new South African piano music
02.03.2017 The South African-born pianist, Renée Reznek, is set to release her recording of new South African piano music at the end of March.
Recorded on the Prima Facie label, many of the compositions have been composed for Renée who specialises in the performance of twentieth century and new music. With the exception of Peter Klatzow’s Barcarolle, all the works have been recorded for the first time.
Says Reznek, “Recording this CD has given me a wonderful way to reconnect with the country I grew up in. I am so grateful to these distinguished composers for their fantastic music which reflects the rich, diverse culture of South Africa. “
The majority of the pieces on the CD combine traditional South African music with contemporary Western European techniques.
This is true of PMB Impromptu, composed for Renée by internationally renowned composer Kevin Volans who like Renée grew up in Pietermaritzburg (PMB). (listen here)
Both Michael Blake’s Broken Line and Robert Fokkens’ Five Miniatures were inspired by Xhosa bow music. Similarly, Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Partita Africana (listen here) and David Kosviner’s Mbira Melody are sourced from local music traditions.
Neo Muyanga’s Hade Tata, a tribute to Nelson Mandela, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa. Muyanga combines Nguni melodies with township jazz and struggle songs. Other pieces by David Earl and Peter Klatzow show a more European influence.