Music Alumna Coleman Releases New Compact Disc Recording

Posted on 11/29/2015 10:30:15 AM

Donna Coleman (IUP 1974), an American-born pianist who has lived in Australia for the past 20 years, is pleased to announce the release of her new compact disc recording, The Lost Lady. It is the second fully self-produced album she has created for her label, OutBach®.

The first album on her label, Don't Touch Me, was lauded as "a beautiful recording event. . . . Everything here is a rare musical success, thanks to the serene majesty of the interpretation, the tone color, the presentation, and the interest and curiosity that these compositions arouse" by Musicologie.

These discs join two critically acclaimed collections of the music of Charles Ives (Et'Cetera Records) and two ABC Classics (Sydney, Australia) releases, Rags to Riches: A Syncopated Century and Havana to Harlem. Donna has also recorded, for Master Musicians Collective, the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra composed for her by IUP Professor Emeritus Daniel Perlongo, and John Anthony Lennon's “Death Angel: metamorphosis,” also composed for her.

All of Donna Coleman's compact discs are available on iTunes and The Lost Lady can be previewed, ordered, and downloaded at CD Baby

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The Lost Lady criss-crosses the Atlantic Ocean in search of the meaning of Life and Love, with the music of J.S. Bach, Chopin, Cervantes, Lecuona, de la Vega, Joplin, Albright, Bolcom, and Cionek as her roadmap to the stars. Gathering repertory from J.S. Bach to Fryderyk Chopin to composers associated with the 1960s Ragtime revival William Bolcom and William Albright, she explores the diverse and seemingly unrelated musical styles from all sides of the Atlantic Ocean that coalesced ultimately into Ragtime and Jazz. The role of Cuba as a significant stop on the Transatlantic Slave Trade c. 1500-1860 is homaged by weaving selected Danzas Cubanas (OutBach® CN001) by Ignacio Cervantes into the musical and written narrative. Other composers whose works complete the saga include Scott Joplin, Ernesto Lecuona, Aurelio de la Vega, and Edmund Cionek. Coleman's extensive liner notes including compositional analysis documents the historical, cultural, and stylistic links between the works, as they trace the often heart wrenching story of The Lost Lady.

Department of Music