In November 2013 the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic of St. Petersburg, Russia began a recording project exclusively featuring my music. Under the superior direction of conductor Jeffery Meyer, and with James Giles as piano soloist, we succeeded in creating an extraordinary recording of the Piano Concerto which I composed in 2007 and then extensively revised over this past year. The 20 minute work is curiously complex, virtuosic and, I hope, an exciting and unique addition to the modern classical repertoire in the spirit of concertos by Bartok, Lutoslawski and Ligeti. I am personally thrilled to have the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic take on my music as I have an enduring love for and complete trust in this uniquely talented and progressive ensemble. (Should you ever search for signs of positive cultural change and a 'progressive Russia' then look no further than this vibrant and adventurous collective of brilliant and talented young musicians).
Importantly, the recording project could not have been possible without the initial support of my friend and visionary philanthropist, Jack Shear. His generous financial backing covered preparation, travel and lodging, musician’s fees, recording and post-production work in St. Petersburg. With excellent planning and exceptional managerial skills from the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic we were able to stay on budget for this first phase of the project.
The second leg of the project is quickly approaching in March. Originally, we had planned to record only one more work, Ribbon, another concerto-like, super-virtuoso work (this time for violin and chamber ensemble), but substantially shorter than the Piano Concerto. However, inspired by the degree of success of the first recording sessions in November we have decided to significantly widen the scope of the recording beyond the more modest goals which we pursued through the original funding. We would like to add two more works and thus create a full-length professionally produced album that will include the Piano Concerto, Ribbon and two works created during my time in Russia, Margarita Metaphrase for orchestra and mezzo-soprano and Elements for String Ensemble.
For this reason I have decided to appeal to your generosity so that we can complete a project which I am certain will prove not only aesthetically gratifying to many listeners for years to come, but – I suspect – could also receive critical acclaim internationally.
Our goal then is to raise $12,000.
This is a significant figure indeed, but it is both well-researched and reasonable minimum goal given the forces needed to accomplish our ideal. The donations will go to cover rehearsal fees, artists' travel, recording, editing, further post-production and managing the demands of a full-length cd project including cd packaging, orders and delivery. Should we be wildly fortunate enough to exceed our goal of $12,000 additional funds will be absorbed into all designations itemized above as well as further marketing and distribution.
I would be truly honored by your efforts - small or large - to help me see this recording project through to the level I now believe it deserves to reach. My many thanks to you all!
Risks and challenges
As the majority of the work producing the Timothy Dunne Premiere Recordings Project will take place in Russia there are, of course, risks and challenges which accompany this undertaking, which could include unforeseen political developments, travel disruptions, and artist illness/complications (especially soloists). Furthermore, on the domestic leg of the post-production process it is possible that we may encounter delays due to packaging and design queries, finding the appropriate representing label for the album, contract negotiations with the representing label and distribution issues. However, as this will be the third commercial album that the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic has produced, we are confident that the pre-production side of the equation will be executed without issue and that the musical product will be of a quality that will create a high probability of post-production success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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