Rawlins Piano Trio releases new CD, American Romance The University of South Dakota is proud to announce the release of the third compact disc recording of the Rawlins Piano Trio.
The CD titled American Romance features three piano trios composed in the late romantic style of around 1900 by American composers Henry Holden Huss, Mortimer Wilson, and Adolph M. Foerster.
The Rawlins Piano Trio has established its reputation as a preeminent interpreter of this style of music. This is largely due to the expertise of Professor Richard Rognstad, featured cellist on the CD. Through extensive research Rognstad discovered several pieces of late romantic style American music that had never before been recorded. Thanks to his work the trio has performed at several conventions of the Society for American Music and ensured that these forgotten American treasures are rightfully preserved on disc.
This CD will be the last with Rognstad as the Rawlins Trio cellist. Due to arthritis, Rognstad will now focus on conducting, bass, and classroom teaching along with his research of American music. He is replaced in the Trio and as the music department's cello professor by Nick Curry, described by professors Susan Gray (piano) and John Thomson (violin) as "a dynamic performer with a brilliant technique and a tone of great beauty."
Over the next month, the Trio goes on to perform in Omaha and several venues in Minnesota. Tours to Taiwan and Italy are being planned to take place in the next 10 months, along with several other concert appearances throughout the U.S.
The new CD is available in Vermillion at USD Book and Supply and in Sioux Falls at Barnes and Noble. The CD is also available at Amazon and Tower Records.