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Ruth Laredo

A classical pianist, Ruth Laredo is known for her work with pieces by Rachmaninoff. Her piano abilities are remarkable, making all the works sensuous and alive. She brings a livelihood to the works of such composers as Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, a Russian composer. Ruth Laredo performs concerts and recitals at festivals, colleges and universities and has performed with several symphonies and orchestras.

A Detroit native, Ruth Laredo frequently goes back to her native town to play concerts and recitals. She performs annually at Ann Arbor's Kerrytown Concert House. A young pianist, Ruth Laredo was interested in the classical performers and composers at an early age. She was influenced most by the composers Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.

She established her international fame as a pianist in 1970 when her renditions of Scriabin were released. On the Connoisseur record label, the album contains all 10 sonatas by Scriabin. The recordings capture the melody and harmony that Scriabin used in his pieces. Ruth Laredo released another recording of Rachmaninoff's solo hits in the 70s. Her interest in recording these composers include encouraging an interest in their style, harmony and tone. She recreates the sounds perfectly in the seventh sonata, "White Mass" and also the ninth sonata.

During the 70s and 80s, Ruth Laredo performed all over the world. Audiences are fascinated by her playing, using all five fingers to perform some pieces. For her concerts and recitals throughout the world she has performed works from such composers as Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahams, Chopin, and Debussy. In 1984 her Scriabin works were once again released, this time on the Nonesuch label. A two-CD set, these recordings present a clearer sound than the first released LP version. In 1985 Ruth Laredo was commissioned to edit composers works which resulted in the album, The Preludes. Other albums include My Second Recital and Reflections From the Keyboard.

Ruth Laredo's love for classical music is evident in her grandiose style of performing. With every piece, whether it be her favorite Rachmaninoff or a classic like Tchaikovsky, Ruth Laredo puts her heart and soul into performing. Even back in her native Michigan, Ruth Laredo is welcomed with open arms to perform at festivals, concerts, colleges and universities. Although known for her musical dexterity, playing pieces that require more than five fingers a hand, Ruth Laredo's reputation was also built on her being able to make music come alive. Her harmonies and tone interact to produce a piece that calls attention to itself rather than to the pianist. Her abilities have led her to being called one of the most well-known and loved pianists of the 20th century. ~ Kim Summers
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Track List: My Second Recital: Ruth Laredo, Piano

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Cantata No. 147, "Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben," Bwv 147 (Bc A174)

1. Cantata No. 147, "Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben," Bwv 147 (Bc A174): Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Piano Sonata No. 11 In A Major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)

2. Piano Sonata No. 11 In A Major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo Alla Turca

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Sonata No. 24 In F Sharp Major ("A Thérèse"), Op. 78

3. Piano Sonata No. 24 In F Sharp Major ("A Thérèse"), Op. 78: I. Adagio Cantabile - Allegro Ma Non Troppo

4. Piano Sonata No. 24 In F Sharp Major ("A Thérèse"), Op. 78: II. Allegro Vivace

Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Arabeske For Piano In C Major, Op. 18

5. Arabeske For Piano In C Major, Op. 18: I. Arabeske, Op. 18

Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Pour Le Piano, Suite for Piano, L. 95

6. Pour Le Piano, Suite for Piano, L. 95: II. Sarabande

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Waltzes (16) For Piano, 4 Hands (Or Piano), Op. 39

7. Waltzes (16) For Piano, 4 Hands (Or Piano), Op. 39: II. In E Major

8. Waltzes (16) For Piano, 4 Hands (Or Piano), Op. 39: III. In G Sharp Minor

9. Waltzes (16) For Piano, 4 Hands (Or Piano), Op. 39: IV. In E Minor. Poco Sostenuto

10. Waltzes (16) For Piano, 4 Hands (Or Piano), Op. 39: V. In E Major. Grazioso

11. Waltzes (16) For Piano, 4 Hands (Or Piano), Op. 39: XV. In A Flat Major

Title: Intermezzi (3) For Piano, Op. 117

12. Intermezzi (3) For Piano, Op. 117: I. Intermezzo in E Flat Major: Andante Moderato

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Mazurka For Piano No. 1 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 6/1, Ct. 51

13. Mazurka For Piano No. 1 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 6/1, Ct. 51: Mazurka In F-sharp Minor

Title: Waltz For Piano No. 7 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 64/2, Ct. 213

14. Waltz For Piano No. 7 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 64/2, Ct. 213: Waltz No.7 In C Sharp Minor, Op.64 No.2

Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 5 In F Sharp Major, Op. 15/2, Ct. 112

15. Nocturne For Piano No. 5 In F Sharp Major, Op. 15/2, Ct. 112: No 5 (No 2 Of Op 15) In F Sharp Major

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: Morceaux (2) For Piano (or Piano & Violin), Op. 10

16. Morceaux (2) For Piano (or Piano & Violin), Op. 10: Humoresque

Title: Morceaux (6) For Piano, Op. 51

17. Morceaux (6) For Piano, Op. 51: Nata Valse

Title: The Seasons, For Piano, Op. 37

18. The Seasons, For Piano, Op. 37: VI. Juin (Barcarolle)

Composer: Aram Khachaturian
Title: Toccata For Piano In E Flat Minor

19. Toccata For Piano In E Flat Minor: Toccata

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Track List: My First Recital

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 1 In C Major (Wtc I/1), Bwv 846 (Bc L80)

1. Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 1 In C Major (Wtc I/1), Bwv 846 (Bc L80): Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 1 In C Major (Wtc I/1), Bwv 846 (Bc L80)

Title: Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 1 In C Major, Bwv 772 (Bc L42)

2. Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 1 In C Major, Bwv 772 (Bc L42): No.1 In C Major

Title: Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 4 In D Minor, Bwv 775 (Bc L45)

3. Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 4 In D Minor, Bwv 775 (Bc L45): No.4 In D Minor

Title: Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 8 In F Major, Bwv 779 (Bc L49)

4. Two-part Invention, For Keyboard No. 8 In F Major, Bwv 779 (Bc L49): No.8 In F Major

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Fantasia For Piano In D Minor (Fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g)

5. Fantasia For Piano In D Minor (Fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g): Fantasia For Piano In D Minor (Fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g)

Title: Piano Sonata No. 15 In C Major ("Sonata Semplice") K. 545

6. Piano Sonata No. 15 In C Major ("Sonata Semplice") K. 545: I. Allegro

7. Piano Sonata No. 15 In C Major ("Sonata Semplice") K. 545: II. Andante

8. Piano Sonata No. 15 In C Major ("Sonata Semplice") K. 545: III. Rondo

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Bagatelle For Piano In A Minor ("Für Elise"), Woo 59

9. Bagatelle For Piano In A Minor ("Für Elise"), Woo 59: No. 59 In A Minor "Für Elise"

Title: Piano Sonata No. 20 In G Major, Op. 49/2

10. Piano Sonata No. 20 In G Major, Op. 49/2: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

11. Piano Sonata No. 20 In G Major, Op. 49/2: II. Tempo Di Menuetto

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Waltz For Piano No. 6 In D Flat Major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, Ct. 212

12. Waltz For Piano No. 6 In D Flat Major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, Ct. 212: "Minute" Waltz

Title: Waltz For Piano No. 9 In A Flat Major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, Ct. 215

13. Waltz For Piano No. 9 In A Flat Major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, Ct. 215: Waltz For Piano No. 9 In A Flat Major ('L'adieu') Op. 69/1, Ct. 215

Title: Waltz For Piano No. 1 In E Flat Major, Op. 18, Ct. 207

14. Waltz For Piano No. 1 In E Flat Major, Op. 18, Ct. 207: "Grande Valse Brillante" Waltz for Piano No. 1 in E Flat Major, Op. 18, Ct. 207

Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Préludes (12) For Piano, Book I, L. 117

15. Préludes (12) For Piano, Book I, L. 117: XIII. Girl With The Flaxen Hair

Title: Clair De Lune, For Piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3

16. Clair De Lune, For Piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3: Clair De Lune

Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15

17. Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: From Foreign Lands And People

18. Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: A Curious Story

19. Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: An Important Event

20. Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: Dreaming (Träumerei)

Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
Title: Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67

21. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: March

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I mean too fast
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Lame
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xD ha ha ha eleland
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I can't help but say that sadly this isn't my favorite interpretati o n of Clair de Lune, I think she played it a little too fast
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Oh my god, she raped chopin, I couldn't believe how awful her performance of waltz for piano no. 7 was!!!
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Although known for her musical dexterity, playing pieces that require more than five fingers a hand, Ruth Laredo's reputation was also built on her being able to make music come alive.

umm.... what?
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I agree with eleland, this bio is poorly written. She brings a livelihood to the works? No, I think playing the piano provides HER with a livelihood! Does anyone proof these things before they go out on the internet, never to be retrieved?
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According to this pianist's bio: Audiences are fascinated by her playing, using all five fingers to perform some pieces. Are you kidding? ALL FIVE FINGERS!!!! Has this ever been tried before? Amazing. Can you please add to the bio which pieces she plays that use all five fingers? I would like to hear them, maybe even buy one.

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