This album is dedicated to the memory of the "Classical Gershwin" whose music brought crowds to the classical concert halls, who successfully incorporated the nuances of jazz and popular music to create a classical music that was uniquely and authentically American. “Brilliant, masterly playing… associations with the young Clara Schumann were revived- she could have played like this.” (Neue Ruhr Zeitung) Praised as “one of the most outstanding talents coming up today,“ American pianist Katie Mahan is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the world for her innovative musical personality, poetic interpretations, and graceful, charming stage presence. She possesses an unquestioned technical mastery combined with aRead more kaleidoscopic palate of tone colors, and has been recognized as “a daring and innovative performer.“ A multi-faceted artist for whom music is an endless passion, Katie is at home in a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to Poulenc, and is particularly distinguished as an interpreter of the music of George Gershwin – performing her own daring, exciting solo piano arrangements to standing ovations across the globe – and Claude Debussy.
It is always nice to be positively surprised. This applies to this CD with music by the American composer George Gershwin. The composer himself loved to play the piano and could improvise for hours. Katie Mahan also makes the impression of improvising when she brings in her very own ideas regarding phrasing and rhythm in pianothe solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, which she arranged herself. It all sounds so spontaneous that you really think she's improvising. And yet the music in every fibre is genuine Gershwin, and Mahan's playing, though idiosyncratic, is never excessive. Also in the other pieces, either in her own arrangements or in those by Earl Wild, Mahan's performance is ravishingly eloquent, virtuosic or thoughtful, always serving the music and the composer, who would surely have greatly appreciated such playing.
Great Purchase! Great Gershwin!December 24, 2019By john Adams (Irvine, CA)See All My Reviews"From the first notes of Rhapsody in Blue through each piece on to the end of the CD, this is one of the best musical purchases I have made. Plus the DVD is a fabulous bonus. Katie Mahan is great and every moment listening is worth it."Report Abuse