A New York Times 25 Best Classical Track Selection for 2019
Beatrice Rana, in the words of the New York Times, is a pianist who “has ferocious technique but is distinguished by her musical intelligence.” Here she plays virtuosic, poetic works that evoke the creative ferment of Paris in the transitional early years of the 20th century: piano transcriptions of Stravinsky’s iridescent ballet scores The Firebird and Petrushka, and Ravel’s Miroirs and La Valse.
Rana communicates her musical imagery with an ease and economy that belies its power. There’s no question that Rana is an immensely resourceful pianist who can pull off dazzling effects when warranted. But it is her sane, thoughtful music-making, inerrant in focus, often strikingly original and always from the heart, that sets her apart.
Ms. Rana is at her best on this recording, which includes solo piano transcriptions of works by Ravel and Stravinsky. The “Infernal Dance” from Stravinsky’s “Firebird” sounds blazing and demonic in this fierce, commanding performance.
– New York Times (Anthony Tommasini)