Poul Ruders

Piano Concerto no. 3 | Anne-marie McDermott

Editorial Reviews

Volume 15 of Bridge’s POUL RUDERS EDITION includes Piano Concerto No. 3 “Paganini Variations”, a virtuoso duo for harpsichord and piano, Cembal d’Amore, Second Book, and Kafkapriccio, an orchestral suite from Ruders’s third opera, Kafka’s Trial. All three works are world premiere recordings, performed by Anne-Marie McDermott, piano, Quattro Mani, and the Odensesymfoniorkester conducted by Benjamin Shwartz and Andreas Delfs. Three brilliant compositions from one of the world’s greatest living composers. Paul Ruders lives a spartan life in the countryside of Denmark. The isolation has afforded him the opportunity to produce a deep and highly varied catalog which includes five operas, 45 symphonic works and concertos, and dozens of solo and chamber pieces. In July of 2019, Poul Ruders celebrated his 70th birthday with the world premiere of his newest opera, The Thirteenth Child, staged by the Santa Fe Opera. Also, on tap in 2019/2020/2021 are new productions by The Boston Lyric Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen) of Ruders’s best known opera, The Handmaid’s Tale, after the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood.