Randall Love: A retrospective recital

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Randall Love

The retrospective recital, which took place on February 1 in Baldwin Auditorium, featured Professor Love performing on three pianos.  He began the concert with works by Jan Hugo Voříšek and Beethoven, performed on the Music Department's Thomas and Barbara Wolf fortepiano (1987) after Streicher, 1815. Professor Love commissioned this fortepiano soon after he arrived at Duke in 1982 and has played many recitals on it over the years. The program then moved on to works by Debussy and Ravel, played on Love's own 1915 Pleyel piano, and concluded with Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Love's own composition, "Inside a Song," performed on the Steinway concert grand piano.

Randall Love has been a member of the Duke University music faculty since 1982, teaching piano and fortepiano. He has been heard in this country as a soloist and chamber player in events ranging from performances on period instruments to contemporary concerts featuring North Carolina composers. He has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has collaborated with Ensemble Courant (UNC-Chapel Hill) in numerous programs featuring romantic music on original instruments. Love has recorded solo works of Jan Hugo Voříšek for the Titanic label. He also recorded a CD “Le Tombeau de Debussy,” a collection of works written for Debussy “in memoriam” by his contemporaries. This Centaur Recording is on a 1907 Blüthner from the Frederick Historic Piano Collection. Love has also collaborated with Capitol Chamber Artists of Albany, NY, in concerts and a recording of Haydn’s London Symphonies in a chamber version by Johann Salomon. Since 2011, he has composed music for modern dance companies in China and at home in Durham, NC.