Pianist Liza Stepanova has a new album called Tones and Colors that explores the relationship between music and visual art. Each of the thirteen pieces she plays is either inspired by a specific work of art or else the piece of music later inspired a work of art.
The liner notes for the album include images of each work of art and an explanation of how the art is related to the piece Stepanova plays.
Stepanova recently spoke with Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell about the album's music and artwork. Listen to their entire conversation and excerpts from the new album below.
Music: Enrique Granados, "El pelele"/ Art: Francisco Goya, "The Straw Manikin"
Music: J. S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier/ Art: Heinrich Neugeboren (Henri Nouveau), "Sculptural Representation of a Fugue by J.S. Bach (E-flat minor, BWV 853, mm. 52-55)"
Music: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, "September: At the River" from "Das Jahr"/ Art: Wilhelm Hensel, "September"
For video of Stepanova performing "El pelele" ("The Strawman") by Enrique Granados, click here.