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Reviews of Classical Music Composer and Pianist Sharon Ruchman in Jan. Issue of "Fanfare" Magazine
The January 2012 issue of "Fanfare" magazine, one of the most-respected music review magazines, features an interview, as well as reviews, of the original compositions of classical music composer and pianist, Sharon Ruchman of Connecticut.
Each issue of "Fanfare" magazine features interviews with music composers and performers, and reviews of their CDs. Ruchman noted, “I was told by 'Fanfare' staff members that I was unique to their coverage in that I am both an accomplished musician as well as a composer of classical music.” In addition to her first two CDs, on December 13, 2011, Ruchman released her third CD in three years’ time “Remembrance”
“For my third CD,” Ruchman commented, “I wanted to compose music specifically for violin, cello, flute and piano. While creating all of my CDs, I have enjoyed working with several local area musicians who accompany me in my compositions. Their talents inspired me to compose music specifically for their instruments and styles.” The new “Remembrance”
“Hope” is featured on tracks 9-10 in cello and piano; “Kaleidoscope”
The "Fanfare" review of the “Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music” CD, states, “Ruchman does not feel a need to compose music that falls into step with a particular style because it is currently in vogue. In many ways, the music she composed for this disc has much in common with the styles of a century ago. Although she seems an unabashed melodist, she has a tendency to utilize more than one style of composition.”
Nockin wrote this comment in response to Ruchman’s website quote that states, “There are many styles of music by great composers that have inspired me and have allowed me to consider the myriad ways to make a composition interesting.”
Since 2009, pieces from Ruchman’s “Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music” and “Arrival of Spring” CD’s have been aired on WSHU and WMNR in Connecticut. In that year, her compositions were also selected by the National Composers Association to be performed in Portola, California as part of the “Music Under the Redwoods” concert. Two of her compositions were also performed in 2009 during the 10th Annual Hartford Women Composers Festival, and one composition was performed live by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in 2010.
"Fanfare" Reviewer Nockin wrote of Ruchman’s “Piece for Cello and Piano” on her “Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music” CD, “The piece ends as smoothly as a perfect summer day.” She also commented that Ruchman’s concluding piece on the CD, “Translucence”
Nockin’s review of Ruchman’s second CD, “Arrival of Spring”, states, “This CD is a compilation of various forms of chamber music with Ruchman presenting a string quartet, two trios and four duos. She opens with the major piece, ‘Quartet in F# Minor’, and it offers a full-blooded statement of the melodic first theme. She concludes the quartet with a delightfully rollicking tune that suggests an old time barn-raising.”
“Arrival of Spring, the trio of pieces for which the album in named,” writes Nockin, “starts with subtle harmonies that bring to mind the first shy crocus peeking through the snow. Ruchman’s ‘Twilight’
To learn more about classical music composer and pianist Sharon Ruchman, visit www.sharonruchman.com. Orders for Sharon Ruchman’s CD’s can be placed on her website as well as iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.com.