Gorgeous collection of piano solos
Joanna Daneman | Middletown, DE USA | 09/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album, not only because I play piano and especially French composer. I love this because there are some rather rare pieces here (Ondine, by Ravel in particular) and because the mix works so well.The compositions all have a "watery" theme, such as the "Sunken Cathedral", "Gardens in the Rain" and "Goldfish" by Debussy and the wonderful fountains piece by Liszt. The impressionist movement in music produced some wonderful imagery--and the images of flowing water or rain are especially beautiful."
Excellent performance, selections not what I hoped for
Amelia T. | 01/12/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I can't possibly fault Carol Rosenberger's playing. She has the master's deft touch and finely tuned ear for musical nuance; and the piano, in her more-than-capable hands, becomes a magnificent vehicle for transferring considerable thought into beautifully realized interpretation. Ms. Rosenberger plays without unnecessary drama, conveying the mood one imagines the composers passionately hoped their audiences would hear.
My one quibble with this recording is very subjective: I had hoped that every track would be soothing to frazzled nerves. Instead, Rosenberger opted for diversity and includes some pieces that are more challenging to the listener. Many listeners will appreciate that aspect of the collection, I think, but it just wasn't what I was looking for."