Amy Schwartz Moretti (Violin)
Elizabeth Pridgen (Piano), Robert McDuffie (Violin)
Gershwin: Preludes (3) /Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin), Elizabeth Pridgen (piano)
No. 1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
No. 2. Andante con moto e poco rubato
No. 3. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42, No. 3. Melodie /Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin), Elizabeth Pridgen (piano)
Tchaikovsky: Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34 /Elizabeth Pridgen (piano), Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin)
Novácek, O: Perpetuum mobile – Concert Caprice Op. 5 No. 4 /Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin), Elizabeth Pridgen (piano)
Martinon: Sonatina No. 5 for Solo Violin, Op. 32, No. 1 /Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin)
Kreisler: Caprice Viennois, Op. 2 /Elizabeth Pridgen (piano), Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin)
Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani) /Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin), Elizabeth Pridgen (piano)
Massenet: Meditation (from Thaïs) /Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin), Elizabeth Pridgen (piano)
Moszkowski: Sonata for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71 /Elizabeth Pridgen (piano), Robert McDuffie (violin), Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin)
Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti is recognized for her musical elegance and grace. Her playing has been described as “breathtakingly rich in tone and color” (St. Petersburg Times).
Praised by The American Record Guide as a “brilliant soloist” and The Oregonian for “a performance that glowed with inner warmth…” she has received numerous accolades for her musical artistry and technique. Many of her performances have been streamed online and broadcast on FM radio, including Performance Today. Her extensive solo and chamber music appearances have taken her across the United States and abroad, performing in such venues as New York’s Weill Recital Hall, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Tampa’s Morsani Hall, Gonfalone Oratory in Rome, Italy, and Edinburgh Castle.
Praised for her “big piano presence” (American Record Guide), Elizabeth Pridgen has distiguished herself as a soloist and avid chamber musician. Ms. Pridgen has recently joined the Georgian Chamber Players and is a member of Trio RPM with violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and cellist Christopher Rex. A graduate of the Juilliard School and Peabody Conservatory of Music, Ms. Pridgen is currently a Distinguished Artist and Piano Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings and holds the G. Leslie Fabian Chair of Music at the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University.
Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world. He gave the World Premiere, with the Toronto Symphony, of Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons” – a work written by Philip Glass for Robert McDuffie. McDuffie is a GRAMMY® nominated artist, whose acclaimed recordings include the violin concertos of Mendelssohn, Bruch, Adams, Glass, Barber, Rozsa, Bernstein, William Schuman, and Viennese favorites. Robert McDuffie holds the Genelle and Mansfield Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. He is also the founder of The Rome Chamber Music Festival.
Recorded by Multi-GRAMMY award winning engineer Leslie Anne Jones, this album is truly a sonic feast for lovers of the violin and chamber music.