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Music School teams up with professor to record classical piano solo album

Sept. 25, 1996


By Alisha Robins

Lariat Reporter

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Krassimira Jordan, associate professor of piano and Artist-in Residence, has recently released her piano solo album entitled 'Slavic Masterpieces for Piano.'

The Baylor School of Music financially supported the production of the new album, which would not have been possible without the support and help of Dr. Marvin Lamb, Dean of the School of Music, Jordan said.

'The Baylor faculty and administration have always been supportive,' Jordan said. 'They have always understood the importance and significance of this project.'

Jordan said she felt that Slavic composers needed exposure in the United States.

As a result, the recording of her album will possibly contribute to making solo piano pieces written by Slavic composers as well known in the United States as they are in Europe she said.

'The idea of the album was something very original,' Jordan said. 'We are lucky that we found an area that hasn't been covered and that shows the quality of the Baylor studio.'

Recorded in Hearn Recording Studio in the Glennis McCrary Music Building in January 1995, the album was produced under the New York-based Albany Records label.

After its release the album was listed in Schwann's Catalog, a classical music catalog that is distributed to buyers world-wide.

'World distribution is almost impossible,' Jordan said. 'To get into Schwann's gives me as well as the university international exposure.'

The album, which is currently being sold by Tower Records and the Baylor Bookstore, is a compilation of various composers including Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The album also includes works by Karol Szymanowski called the 'Isle of the Sirens,' a musical detail inspired by the mythology of Homer's 'Odyssey.'

Jordan joined the Baylor School of Music faculty in 1989 after 10 years of teaching piano at the renowned Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Jordan has performed with much recognition as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in Europe: Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Russia and Hungary. She has also performed in Scandinavian countries, the Far East and Brazil.

She has received numerous awards including the Mozart 'Clara Haskil' Prize and a gold medal at the 1981 Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition.

In a press release, The Journal do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro said Jordan 'is the winning candidate convinced with great sureness of interpretation and very well developed technique.'

In March 1989 Jordan debuted at Carnegie Hall, and in May 1993 Baylor honored her as an Outstanding Creative Artist.

After her Carnegie Hall debut, she was a special guest on the live radio show 'The Listening Room.'

Jordan said she hopes that because the type of classic Slavic music she plays is not available nor easily accessible in this country, her album may bring about a new interest.

'All the time people are calling [and] asking questions who are interested in my pieces and the Baylor School of Music,' Jordan said. 'It gives the Baylor School of Music the opportunity to prove that we can produce good quality recordings.'

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