Welcome to our recording project
Light and Shadow
Rachmaninov & Poulenc Sonatas for Cello & Piano
We are a cello and piano duo, preparing to make a recording of two powerful and beautiful sonatas by Rachmaninov and Poulenc. We are asking for your support towards the cost of recording. We've received a generous offer from an anonymous sponsor, who will match each dollar raised here with a contribution from her Family Foundation.
Why Light and Shadow?
We experience a profound resonance with the music in the Rachmaninov and Poulenc sonatas--in the very different sound worlds these composers create. Each composer in his own way moves through personal and political shadows, but finds beauty and light along the way. This reflects the very nature of art in our culture: that it is through self-reflection and beauty that we find the resilience to transcend both personal and political adversity.
What we have to offer
We've devoted many years to performing across the USA and abroad. Audiences have commented on the emotional depth and synchronicity of our musical interpretation. We believe that we have discovered meanings in these masterworks that deserve a place in your music library. Read more about us in our bios at the bottom of the page.
Recording a CD requires a team of experts, starting with a producer and a recording engineer. It takes about 15 hours of recording time to produce one hour of CD quality music. In addition, there will be several hours of editing and mastering--choosing the best of the 15 hours to create the final product.
Because classical music is not amplified, we rely on the acoustics of a fine hall with a top-notch piano for that special warmth and resonance of sound. This is one of the largest expenses. Other costs include daily tuning of the piano during recording, fees for the copyright holder of the music, CD cover design, liner jacket notes and photos.
The great news again is that we have a sponsor who has offered to match each dollar we raise here with an equal donation! Your contribution will be doubled!
Here's a break down of costs:
$12,000 Total Cost
- $2,000 Pre-recording costs: photos, graphic design, program notes, copyrights and registration fees with the Library of Congress
- $9,000 Recording costs: producer, recording engineer, CD pressing and printing; hall rental, piano tunings
- $300 Promotion costs: mailings to radio and reviewers, stationery, postage
- $700 Release concert costs: hall rental, piano tuning, publicity
We ask that you support us in any way that you can. And remember, not only will our sponsor double your donation, we will thank you with a variety of perks --a private blog that offers a window into our process, tickets to the release concert, a digital download or signed CD, even a private house concert for large donations. See all the perks to the right.
Our earlier recording projects
We have each both had successful recording projects in the recent past. Alys' CD collaboration in the Firestar Duo with soprano Maria Ferrante, titled Sea Tides & Time, was hailed as “superb" by The Boston Globe.
Rebecca's debut CD Folkfire, released in 2010, received critical acclaim and NPR play including a feature on Paul Elisha's Performance Place. Strad Magazine noted that"Hartka gets much spirit into the fiery material..." The Greenfield Recorder wrote about her recording:"The best and most wonderful part of all this is that Hartka 'gets it'--all of it."
We are thrilled to join forces to bring our experience and talents together for this project!
Whether or not you are able to support us financially at this time, we would be very grateful if you could spread the word about our project. You can do so by sharing this link on Facebook, and with friends.
Rebecca and Alys
More about us
Rebecca Hartka has concertized for over a decade in venues throughout the United States, with international appearances in Italy, Vietnam and Thailand. Hartka's playing was described by the Hanoi Times as "... magical and eloquent." In 2012-13 she performed as a solo recitalist in the Frederick's Historical Piano Concerts, the Concerts at 7 and the North Quabbin Center for the Arts Series, among others. She is a member of the Lev-Hartka Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet and the Wistaria Chamber Music Society. Hartka is as comfortable in a symphony hall as a folk club, and has appeared in venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall in New York and Club Passim in Cambridge. As a Dean's Scholar, Hartka earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music from Boston University College of Fine Arts and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory, studying with Andor Toth, Rhonda Rider and Leslie Parnas among others.
Alys Terrien-Queen has given solo and chamber recitals at Boston’s Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre and Gardner Museum as well as colleges and universities throughout the United States and on live broadcast. Her repertoire is highlighted by premieres and major works in the solo, chamber, and concerto literature and her innovative programs include concerts on period instruments and chamber, vocal, duo-piano and dance collaborations. She performed with Firestar and was a founding member of the ONYX chamber ensemble, with whom she toured for ten years. Ms. Terrien-Queen received her training at Juilliard, Barnard College, New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Nice in France. She was a fellow at Tanglewood. Formerly on the faculties of New England Conservatory and Wheaton College, she lectures and publishes her research on music learning, and teaches privately.