Please join us for a special presentation of “The Story of Babar the Little Elephant” performed, narrated and illustrated by Steinway Artist Andrew Rangell at Schmitt Music Denver on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00PM.
Adding his own extemporaneous illustrations, Mr. Rangell has, for some 20 years now, brought a highly personal performance of Babar to music festivals, living rooms, auditoriums, and classrooms across the United States. In similar fusion of story, illustration, music, and narration, Mr. Rangell has recently crafted two children’s DVDs: “Sammy Snake’s Lucky Day” and “What Sal Heard”. Samples of both can be seen on YouTube.
Listen to Mr. Rangell perform Beethoven’s “Polonaise in C Major, Op. 89”:
One of our most eloquent and probing interpreters of the major keyboard works of Bach and Beethoven, pianist Andrew Rangell is also acclaimed for a wide variety of recordings, which range from the music of Sweelinck, Farnaby, and Gibbons to Nielsen, Ives, Enescu, Bartok, Janacek, Schoenberg, Christian Wolff, and many others. Mr. Rangell’s Bach recordings embrace the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, the French suites, the Art of Fugue, the Well-tempered Clavier (Bk. 1), the B minor French Overture, Italian Concerto, and smaller works. Apart from the present recording, his Beethoven includes the last five sonatas, Diabelli Variations, late bagatelles, and ten earlier sonatas.
Rangell made his New York debut as winner of the Malraux Award of the Concert Artists’ Guild, and has since performed and lectured throughout the United States, and in Europe, Israel, and China. He has also taught on the faculties of Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Tufts University. In the 1980s, already recognized as a distinctive recitalist and collaborative artist, Mr. Rangell gained national attention — and the award of an Avery Fisher Career Grant — for his vivid traversals of the complete Beethoven sonata-cycle in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Rochester, Denver, and other US cities. A hand injury sustained in 1991 forced Mr. Rangell to gradually alter the trajectory of his career, and eventually to place his highest priority on recording. In recent years he has created several DVDs for children — integrating his special talents as author, illustrator, narrator, and pianist. Mr. Rangell’s latest release, on the Steinway label, is a diverse two-disc collection of Beethoven works, entitled “A Bouquet of Beethoven.”
Andrew Rangell is a Steinway Artist.