Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Daniel Pollack|
"A performer of elegance, sensitivity, and taste, with a resonant singing tone that can provoke calm and warmth as well as thunder on high." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Pollack is having the last laugh on the piano celebri... more »
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"A performer of elegance, sensitivity, and taste, with a resonant singing tone that can provoke calm and warmth as well as thunder on high." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Pollack is having the last laugh on the piano celebrities to whom fame came almost as quickly as it left." -- Chicago Tribune "Powerfully driven, creating a palpable sense of raw energy and excitement." -- Gramophone With his unexcelled flair for the great Romantics, pianist Daniel Pollack is a rare link to the Golden Age of pianism and a unique voice in our time. His dazzling, impassioned, and transcendent performances are recorded here in rich and nuanced sound of clarity and depth of color. Daniel Pollack's concert career has taken him worldwide across five continents, appearing with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow State Philharmonic, and more. Pollack has performed solo recitals in the major music centers of the world including London's Royal Festival Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, New York's Carnegie Hall, and more. Pollack first garnered the music world's attention when he became a prizewinner in the international Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Following, he concertized throughout the former Soviet Union and became the first American to record there for Melodiya, selling millions of albums. The artist began his studies at the age of four and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of nine, performing the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1. He is also a graduate of the Juilliard School from the class of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne.
cbflorestan | Los Angeles | 10/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The pianism on this CD is completely over the top! One cannot imagine more thrilling performances of Schumann and Liszt.'Funerailles' is without doubt the greatest and most moving interpretation I've ever heard. The 'Mephisto Waltz' is hair-rasising in its excitement and brilliance. One can almost see each of the characters in the 'Carnaval', and the Fantasie was breathtaking. You would need to go back to the time of Rubenstein and Horowitz to hear the kind of pianism Mr. Pollack exhibits in these works. A must buy."
Superb Pianism Invokes Swirl of Colorful Emotions
B. Gold | Los Angeles, CA | 09/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just heard this new release online, purchased the CD and have been so moved after listening to it on repeat for the past few days that I decided to write this, my first amazon.com review.
Colors is brilliantly performed by Daniel Pollack, but most importantly it captures the wild range of emotions of both Schumann and Liszt. The Carnaval is amazing in the many moods Pollack portrays, moving from virtuosity and playfulness to infinitely intimate portraits. The Funerailles starts with a brooding mood, dark in color, that gives a sense of foreboding. The octave section toward the end of this work depicts the "funeral" march itself and becomes a driving force that leaves the listener breathless. In the Fantasie that follows, Pollack engages the listener in a swirl of emotions - a whole life unto itself. In Pollack's hands, the Mephisto Waltz actually becomes a devilish interplay between Satan and the one who resists the devil. The pianism is superb."
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Martha J. Baker-Jordan | CA | 12/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own every recording Daniel Pollack has made. For shorter works and unparalleled, grand style romantic playing, "First Kiss" and "Passionate Kiss"---there are no equals. His "Moscow Legendary..." is electrifying pianism of a younger Pollack - exciting beyond belief! The 2007, "Colors" brings us full circle to the Daniel Pollack who never ceases to bring the listener new insights, colors, nuances, shadings, eloquence no matter how often the listener has heard these works. I heard voices in the "Carnaval" I never knew existed! THE pianist of our time - beloved and cherished by many for so many years. May his voice always be heard!"