SHATTERED ICE

REA BEAUMONT, PIANIST, COMPOSER 

Concert pianist and composer Rea Beaumont wrote "Shattered Ice" in 2013 after the mythic Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic became a reality with the first transit of a commercial cargo vessel. This exciting avant-garde composition evokes the pristine northern landscape and cautions that man's thunderous intrusion may destroy its fragile ecosystem.

Recorded at CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto  © ℗ 2013 Dr. Rea Beaumont. 
 

WATCH VIDEO

Of particular interest to me is the first track, Beaumont’s own Shattered Ice, which combines compositional prowess with her concern for the environment in an ominous work depicting the fragile ecosystem of the Canadian Arctic and the dangers posed by human intrusion.” - David Olds, DISCoveries Editor

— The WholeNote, Toronto

A Conversation Piece

Rea Beaumont, piano

A CONVERSATION PIECE, Rea Beaumont piano 
(2014, SPP 0090)   
REVIEWS
"it’s  beautiful”  - American Public Media

“skillful playing (virtuoso!) and moving, and each time you listen you discover more details and colors” - Radio Amsterdam

ABOUT
Each composition is based on an extramusical theme that can be the subject for further discussion or ‘a conversation piece,’ including environmental destruction, technology, and more.  Album is named after a movement in Canadian composer’s John Weinzweig’s Suite No. 2. 

WORKS
Rea Beaumont: Shattered Ice*
John Weinzweig: Suite No. 2
John Weinzweig: Netscapes*
Jean Coulthard: Threnody*
R. Murray Schafer: Polytonality
Maurice Ravel: Miroirs 
    
*Première recording, Canadian composer