NOCTUELLES – Ravel: Miroirs / Medtner: Improvisation, No. 2, Op. 47

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Maurice Ravel

Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano

Nikolai Medtner

Second Improvisation Op. 47

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Michael Brown (Piano)

US pianist Michael Brown has been hailed by The New York Times as ‘one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers’. His artistry is shaped by his creative voice as a pianist and composer, praised for his ‘fearless performances’ (The New York Times) and ‘exceptionally beautiful’ compositions (The Washington Post). Winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown has recently performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, New Haven, and Albany Symphonies; and recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Caramoor. Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing frequently at Alice Tully Hall and on tour. He was selected by András Schiff to perform on an international tour making solo débuts in Berlin, Milan, Florence, Zurich’s Tonhalle and New York’s 92nd Street Y. He regularly performs recitals with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and has appeared at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Gilmore, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Music in the Vineyards, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise. Brown was First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, a winner of the Bowers Residency from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (formerly CMS Two), a recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser.

“Recorded in beautiful sound Brown has the measure of both these works with lovely pedalling throughout, and graded dynamics and colours in both works… Michael Brown has the measure of its many facets and the whole CD is a real feast for the ears… the results are wonderful” (RECOMMENDED Musicweb International)

“It’s a truism to declare that Ravel was a master of exquisite new sonorities, but how many pianists realise the luminosity and the quietest dynamics as well as Brown? Melodic fragments are always subtly highlighted; grouping the work in two pairs followed by a numinously majestic epilogue, the pianist makes ‘The Valley of the Bells’ a spellbinding highlight, resonating in mid-air… a treasurable diptych.” (performance | recording BBC Music Magazine) “Une inter­pretation toute de luxe, de calme et de volupte” (Ravel) “Plus subtil que Tozer (Chandos), plus hero’i’que que Milne (CRD), plus fantaisiste que Prom­machart (Champs Hill}, Michael Brown fait sien chaque sortilege du musicien russe. Delicieux.” (Medtner) (* Diapason Magazine)

“This is a very enjoyable recording with superb piano sound and a fascinating booklet essay” (American Record Guide) “… it took only the first few measures of Miroirs to convince me that I was in the presence of an exceptional colorist—and the more I listened, the more deeply that conviction took hold… Engineer Monte Nickles has provided exceptional sound… All in all, a treasure” (Fanfare)

“… his [Brown’s] technique is crystalline, dynamically fluid and deeply expressive” (Classical Music Sentinel)

“An excellent album” (Art Music Lounge)

“Shimmering, flowing, balletic Ravel, and incredible virtuosity with great sensitivity, detail and contrasts in evocative Medtner” (Classical Notes)

“Sacré pianiste qui nous précipite dans ce jeu à double miroir. Instrument et prise de son somptueux.” (Sacred pianist who precipitates us in this double mirror game. Sumptuous instrument and sound recording.) (Artamag)

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