An Indonesian composer and prominent pianist, Ananda Sukarlan, is recently releasing an album titled “Ananda on Yamaha”. The 70-minute album consists of Ananda’s compositions played at the Yamaha piano CF3.
“I recycled the instruments used by international pianists,” said Ananda, as quoted from C&R Digital, 29/10/2012.
A number of songs in the album are, among others, Ravel: Pavane pour une Infante Defunte dan Prelude (1913), Tschaikovsky : Barcarolle (June, from The Seasons), A. Scriabin : 2 Etudes, op. 8 no.5 and op. 42 no.4, Rachmaninov : Prelude in C-sharp minor, op. 3 no. 2 and Beethoven : 6 Ecossaises.
“Beside those, I rearranged the compositions of Chopin and Schumann. I played my own composition too, such as the Etude no.1.”
Prior to releasing this album, Ananda, who was born in Jakarta, 10 June 1968, just held a concert in Spain with Orqueta Sinfonica de Madrid, or OSM. In that concert, Ananda amazed the Spanish audience with his piano performance.
Ananda Sukarlan is the only Indonesian who is listed at the 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century, a book that consists of 2000 biographies of the most dedicated people in music. Having lived in Spain for years, he is often seen playing with symphonic orchestra concerts in Europe or performing solo.
Ananda, who has been appointed as the Yamaha Piano Ambassador since 6 July 2012, loves to call himself of playing the genre of ‘literature music’ rather than classical music. He established a foundation namely Yayasan Musik Sastra Indonesia (Indonesian Literature Music Foundation). The activities of that foundation can be seen from http://musik-sastra.com.
With the release of Ananda’s new album, another Indonesian music maestro, Addie MS, through his twitter account, conveys his appreciation and support to Ananda. “Success, Maestro!”
Addie MS is the conductor of the well known Twilight Orchestra. (YA)
(From various sources)