“The hypnotically iridescent colors in a new piece by composer Philip Lasser, that cast the strongest spell.”  Philip Kennicott – The Washington Post

Lasser's Song Cycle "Elemental Earth" Wins NATS Art-Song Competition

Philip Lasser’s song cycle Elemental Earth wins First Prize in the 2019 NATS Art Song Competition.

The cycle sets the poems of Robert Frost, “Fire and Ice”, “To Earthward” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

As part of the award, the cycle will be performed at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) national convention in Kentucky June 2020.

NATS website

Listen to the songs:

Fire and Ice

To Earthward

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Onadek Winan, soprano and Arthur Williford, piano

Wei Zhu, Violin performs Lasser's Berceuse Fantasque for violin and piano

Wei Zhu, violin

Monday February 4, 2019 at 8:00PM

Paul Hall, The Juilliard School

Lasser writes “My Berceuse Fantasque is a work which both sings the melody of the lullaby as well as the hopes, love and fears of the one who sings the lullaby.”

Published by Max Eschig in Paris in 1996, this work has been recorded by numerous artists and performed all over the world.

 

 

Pianist Duanduan Hao performs Lasser's "Bruegel Suite" for piano

Friday February 8, 2019 at 8:00PM

Paul Hall, The Juilliard School

Commissioned in 2013 by Simone Dinnerstein, Lasser’s “Brueghel Suite” sets 5 paintings by Peter Brueghel: Hunter’s in the Snow, Peasant Dance, Winter Landscape, Children’s Games and The Tower of Babel

 

 

 

 

Cantori New York premieres Lasser's "The Elements" for Choir and 2 Cellos.

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice to WW1

November 11, 2018

 

 

Commissioned by Mark Shapiro and Cantori New York, “The Elements” is a poetic tribute to the 100th Anniversary of World War 1 and its Armistice.

With poems by Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings, “The Elements” speaks of the philosophy of human hate, love, faith and their frailty in the face of natural earth.

 

 

Makoto Nakura performs Lasser's "Bach Echoes" A Hybrid Variation set on Bach's A minor Flute Partita BWV 1013 for solo Marimba.

Sunday, November 11, 2018, Falls Church, VA. Commissioned by Makoto Nakura for the Saito Grand Vibraphone, Philip Lasser’s Bach Echoes  is a work delving into the inner working of Bach’s magnificent counterpoint and creating a unique work which dialogues with the past and speaks of today.

Click here to hear the piece.

 

 

New CD Release with Lasser's Piano Sonata "The White Owls" by pianist Minju Choi

Pianist Minju Choi has just released her new CD Boundless where she plays Lasser’s Piano Sonata The White Owls. Having played this Sonata for many years, Minju Choi has recorded a most beautiful and powerful performance of this 3 movement work.

Pre-Order the work on Amazon or ITunes

Listen to an except of   Movement 1      Movement 2       Movement 3

 

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“Having been trained in the counterpoint-rich tradition of Nadia Boulanger, Lasser plumbs Germanic depths while managing to distil them on a Gallic surface without seeming superficial.” Ken Smith – Gramophone