About Late Show

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"The very first piece I performed when moving to Austin, Texas in 1996 was Beethoven’s late Sonata in E Major, Opus 109. Twenty years later, I celebrated my arrival-anniversary by reuniting with Op. 109 and commissioning Graham Reynolds to write a companion piece to it. Making Austin my home presented me many things: my artistic exploration; my amazing husband and partner, Matt; and my astounding daughter, Ivy. In the end, I feel that Opus 109 brought me my life as it is now, and this project is my great thanksgiving."

Known for her creative concert programming and engaging performances, Schumann brings captivating sound and thought-provoking meaning to her latest project, Late Show. The album interweaves a classical masterpiece and a modern sonic experience, containing both Beethoven's late sonata, Opus 109, and a new work by Austin composer Graham Reynolds.

“I think what people will really enjoy about it is the combination of old and new,” Schumann said. “The Beethoven surprises many people, because it has an incredible emotional range. It's an astounding and unexpected work of Beethoven at his most expressive.”

Graham Reynolds was commissioned to to write a unique, contrasting companion piece inspired by the Beethoven. “Graham took this iconic classical work, deconstructed it, and made something completely new. He filtered the piano through a sound processor and layered in special effects—things like bell overtones, cathedral-like resonance, and different atmospheric ambience. It was fascinating to see the piano being played and produce sounds you'd never expect. He created this layered sonic experience that is amazing and alive.”

This album was made possible by special funding from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Austin Chamber Music Center, Graham Reynolds: the incredibly willing and flexible collaborator, Buzz Moran: the answerer of many panicky technical-gear questions, Keith Gary: the fabulous recording engineer, and the amazing people (and scenery!) at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio where this CD was recorded.



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