Contemporary pianist Anthony de Mare performs reinterpretations of the music of theatre composer Stephen Sondheim, written by composers from Steve Reich to Wynton Marsalis.
From Company to Sweeney Todd, Sondheim has made his mark on the history of musical theatre; this project demonstrates how his influence reaches beyond the stage or the screen onto the wider musical landscape. de Mare commissioned 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to each take a song by Sondheim and re-imagine it as a solo piano piece, all of which were released as a triple disc album for ECM. Stripped down for solo piano these re-imaginings show off the versatility of Sondheim’s music, retaining the depth of feeling in even the most abstract interpretations.
‘Anthony de Mare gave vibrant, colourful performances, his passion for Sondheim coming through palpably’ – New York Times
‘It’s not every pianist who has such imagination along with the passion, commitment and virtuoso technique to carry it off’ – Stephen Sondheim