Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: "Improvisational Piano Fire"

Review: "Improvisational Piano Fire"


Thank you for the great time in Kansas City!

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"His felicitous energy was displayed in the brilliant musical showcase."
"To his advantage, having a strong sense of improvising has cultivated his flashy and spontaneous style of piano playing, which was thoroughly demonstrated in this program."
"Sincere sound at the piano."
"Remarkable agility at the piano."
"As a comparison, it (Albright's improvisation) had similar characteristics to a Rachmaninoff piece. This feat was downright impressive, it sounded like it was planned!"
"The way he navigated the keyboard with precision but also musicality showed off his extraordinary talent at the piano. Even though it is an extremely difficult piece to play, he made it seem natural and effortless, and it was pure entertainment to watch him play."
"Albright’s energy at the piano was completely captivating."
"He knew how to shape each individual jazz lick in the melody and in the bass line. His interpretation was mind-blowing with how quick and accurate he played the variations."
"His playing of the etudes was astonishing: he was always specific as to which lines or parts to bring out, and his overall shaping of each etude was convincing. They never sounded like exercises. Albright turned each into true concert pieces and thought a lot about the effect and character he wanted to give each etude."
"Albright was so well received by the audience that he played three encores. "



Monday, September 18, 2017

Review - "That's what happens when you give it your all."

Full Review: https://www.classical-scene.com/2017/09/17/albright-chopin-gardner/


Thank you to the Boston Musical Intelligencer for a wonderful review of my first concert of my new series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston!

Excerpts:

"Charlie Albright brought an inspired approach, holding nothing back in a masterful display of musicality. His extraordinary technique always foregrounded both expressiveness and structure."
"Striking rendering."
"Characteristic of Albright’s approach was an arch-like shaping of long phrases, entering softly gently, building toward a peak, before returning altered from the traversal."
"Breath-taking intimacy, as though wooing an absent beloved."
"The study in thirds, No. 6 in G-sharp Minor, painted a gorgeous impressionist canvas with shimmering pastels and flashes of light."
"Crested a tidal wave of ineffable and unstoppable emotion."
"A sublime and unbridled threat of cosmic forces."
"The Etude in C Minor received a Byronic grandeur and subjectivity; its sublime cosmic scale engulfed worlds and difficulties into seamless and fractious beauty."
"Albright gave us a taste of the next Gardner concert with a brief improvisation, a moody, flowing late-Romantic piece evocative of Rachmaninoff but expressive of a distinctly modern and utterly authentic content."

Monday, June 19, 2017

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