Sean Kennard plays Chopin, Scarlatti and Stravinsky
"Kennard plays Chopin's preludes with more poise and vision than most pianists who have recorded them. He boasts a huge, romantic sound and a bold melodic vision. In Prelude 2 in A minor, the four-note figure buried in the top of the left hand is a constant presence - it's not only there but actively shaped. Prelude 8 in F-sharp minor embodies a perfect blend of lyricism and romantic passion. The supporting running notes inside the right hand are ablaze and full of chaotic fervor, but the whole thing fits together with that rare rightness that emerges when a player hits the sweet spot of tempos and shading."
Enrique Graf plays Bach, Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky
This CD includes a rare recording of the Aria Variata Alla Maniera Italiana, one of two sets of variations written by Bach, the other being the often recorded and performed Goldberg Variations. The other works are Felix Mendelssohn's masterpiece, Variations Serieuses Op. 54 and a monumental reading of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.
"Mr. Graf plays Bach and Mendelssohn with beautiful tone and much elegance.
Really, it is hard to imagine either better played." from American Record Guide
"I'm so Impressed with the care that he took in preparing [Mussorgsky] so that the performance here could sound so spontaneous. By the time you get to the Great Gate at Kiev, you know that the viewer has left a changed person. from Public Radio Arizona "CD of the Week"
Diego Suárez Plays Transcendental Études by Liszt. Live performance.
This CD contains the live recording of the twelve Liszt Transcendental Etudes performed by Diego Suarez on October 8th, 2011.
"After the agitated near-violence of the two opening movements, our performer spun out some very convincing tone-painting. He then took us to the races in the following 'Mazeppa', blithely tossing off fearsome chord and octave leaps over swirling inner voices. He worked further wonders with treacherous parallel runs and realized the music's wild, galloping effect to near-perfection. Evoking fairy-tale magic came naturally to him in 'Will-o'-the-Wisps,' where he achieved remarkable delicacy despite the music's tricky complexity. Following the next few numbers, he brought out the music's inherent romantic intensity most beautifully and then finished the recital in a blaze of fiery virtuosity, keeping his listeners breathlessly on the edge of their seats.
A two-CD set by the legendary Uruguayan pianist playing Papillons, Fantasiestucke, Symphonic Etudes, Kinderszenen, Phantasie and Arabesque by Robert Schumann.
"It took a few measures to recognize that this kind of technical and musical confidence was something special"
"A deep romantic tradition is encountered in her bold, free, colorful approach to Schumann"
"A strong technique allows the left hand to grasp a solid bass while exploring the inner-voice possibilities. This style allows also for fluctuation of tempo that never draws attention to itself but always acts as an emotional counterpoint to the meaning."
"She sweetly sings out the Kinderszenen, avoiding sentimentality."
from American Record Guide
Enrique Graf plays Edward Hart and George Gershwin with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
This CD contains two large piano and orchestra works, the classic George Gershwin Concerto in F and Edward Hart's new work, A Tidal Concerto performed by Enrique Graf and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Stahl.
"This three-movement piano concerto attempts to musically capture the three phases of the tide. The first movement, Ebb (the out-going tide), represents a time when water is rushing back to the sea. A sense of urgency prevails as swift currents sweep out of estuaries into wider deeper channels threatening to carry life out to sea or leave it stranded it on dry land. The second movement, Slack (the motionless period between tides), is a time of hopeful anticipation when the current is at a standstill. The third movement, Flood (the in-coming tide), fulfills nature\'s (God\'s) promise to return bringing new water and life."