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Matthew Lipman chats with 89.7WCPE: Wake Forest

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Interview with WCPE's Dan McHugh

Matthew Lipman, recipient of a 2015 Avery Fischer Career Grant, recently made his Cedille label debut with Ascent, an album featuring, in the artist's words, "music enraptured by flights of fantasy," including world-premiere recordings of Dmitri Shostakovich's recently discovered Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, and Clarice Assad's Metamorfose, which Lipman commissioned. This imaginative album consisting of improvisational works for viola and piano was created as a loving tribute to his late mother and includes York Bowen's Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54; Robert Schumann's Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op. 113; Garth Knox's Fuga libre; and the first-ever recording on viola of Hollywood composer Franz Waxman's popular violin showpiece, Carmen Fantasie.

Lipman's duo partner is prize-winning American pianist Henry Kramer. They met as undergraduates at the Juilliard School and at Ravinia's Steans Institute and have been performing as a duo for six years. Lipman considers Ascent the highlight of their collaboration. 

89.7WCPE: Wake Forest Classical Music host - Dan McHugh sat down with ML to discuss the recording. Listen to the attached file.