MARCH, 2013: P-2, Sweden’s classical station, broadcast
their studio recording of Dag Lundin’s Oktoberljus, as
performed by pianist Dan Franklin Smith
COMMENTS FROM THE MUSICAL COMMUNITY:
Stefan Ydefeldt, pianist from Stockholm, Sweden:
”Just listened to Dag Lundin’s Oktoberljus. What a beautiful piece! A Nordic Ravel, if the expression is allowed. This piece was excellently handled by this distinguished pianist, very attractively performed.”
Harald Åström, author and teacher from Eskilstuna, Sweden:
“We were both very impressed. And the performance was excellent, with every note vivid, one by one. Has Oktoberljus been recorded?”
Solveig and Bertil Wikman, international pianists from Tullinge, Sweden:
”We listened with the score in our hands and were also impressed by the pianist’s interpretation. He did play excellently indeed! He took wide corners with rubato and dynamics, and brought forth the ‘telling of a saga about something enigmatic… a melancholy dream… intimate piano poetry.’ The piece receives full justice played molto rubato, with a lot of free pedal, with vigorous heights but also letting the dreamy parts sing their sonorous song.
The entire piece is like an improvisation. The beautiful introduction immediately puts the listener in the mood. One can easily create images through the entire piece. Here is both impressionism and romanticism! Dan Franklin Smith seems to understand and fit this music.”
Kurt Atterberg: Piano Concerto in B flat minor, Op. 37
Dan Franklin Smith / B. Tommy Andersson / Gävle Symphoniorkester
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“…a dazzling soloist.”
—BBC Music Magazine
“…an ideal exponent.”
“…gives [this premiere recording] a rousingly committed and bravura send-off.”
“The performance is absolutely superb, and represents the recording debut of a truly exceptional new pianist…”
—D.C. Classical Buyer (Washington)
Hans Huber: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
Dan Franklin Smith / Michail Jurowski / Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
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“The interpretive results…remarkable.”
“The performances are both brilliant….plays with a real flair for these works.”
—The American Record Guide
“…a magically performed Third Concerto…an example of profundity and sincerity in the silver-plated realms of the romantic piano concerto.”
“All of the musicians master these high-level scores with confidence….With such a recording, Huber’s music rates as one of the discoveries of the year!
Interpretation: XXXXX (Excellent)”
—Fono Forum (Germany)
Beethoven – Six Variations, Opus 34
Beethoven/Liszt – Adelaide
Debussy – Images, Book II
Cloches à travers les feuilles / Et la lune descends sur le temple qui fût / Poissons d’or
Chopin – Grande Valse Brillante, Opus 18 / Grande Valse, Opus 42 / Ballade, Opus 52
This $12 recording is available through CONTACT page.
Beethoven in Brooklyn LIVE!
Beethoven – Piano Concerto #3, Op. 37
Live performance at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Armstrong
Dan Franklin Smith, Pianist
La Vida Iberiana – coming this fall!
La Vida Iberiana is a rich tapas of composers from Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Puerto Rico and America. It includes styles as disparate as nuevo tango, jazz, folk music (plena), Late Romantic improvisation (La Maja y el Ruisenor) and more. For a list of selections, see PROGRAM page.
Produced by Musica de Camara, celebrating its 30th year of presenting Puerto Rican and Hispanic classical musicians in concert. Hundreds of concerts in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have also included non-Hispanic artists, of which Dan Franklin Smith is a favorite. Musica de Camara also brings classical music to those who have no access to traditional concert venues, traveling to learning institutions, community centers and museums.
This $15 recording is available through CONTACT page.
Studio Recording I