Reviews: Dark Fires (20TH CENTURY MUSIC FOR PIANO)


Joseph McLellan of The Washington Post: “The music is played perceptively by Karen Walwyn, who shows considerable range. She is virtuosic in Dolores White’s Toccata and Lettie Beckon Alston’s Three Rhapsodies, meditative and energetic in Tania Leon’s ‘Ritual.’ Angular and rich-textured in Hale Smith’s ‘Evocation,’ traditional and polished in Roger Dickerson’s Sonatina and Adolphus Hailstork’s Piano Sonata No. 1, and vividly evocative and impressionistic in Jeffrey Mumford’s ‘fragments from the surrounding evening.'”

Donald Rosenberg of The Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Walwyn was fearless throughout, managing every challenge with precise fingers and heroic command of textures…”

Peter Burwasser of Fanfare Magazine: “Karen Walwyn… gets through this technically demanding program with aplomb. Her rhythmic nimbleness is especially notable. Here is a collection of composers who deserve a higher profile.”

Mark Lehman of The American Record Guide “Walwyn is a confident and impressive pianist, and her well-recorded program… is varied and interesting”