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Karen Kushner, Piano

Internationally acclaimed pianist, Karen Kushner, gives us dazzling performances of Piano Sonata No. 1 of Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann's Sonata for Piano and Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana.

Review

"Kushner's playing is exemplary throughout the album, but I am especially happy with her rendition of Schumann's "Kreisleriana," eight miniatures welling over with fantasy and invention that demand a pianist who will not only read the notes but give herself entirely to the composer's opulent, idiosyncratic cosmos. This is a beautiful disc."

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, Tim Page
Washington Post

"The analogy that comes to mind is that she plays Brahms the way Boulez plays Mahler, with greater respect than most for the structure and inner workings of the music: a plus in my book. This is not to imply at all that there is a dearth of feeling; rather, there is both feeling and clarity."

Scott Morrison, Amazon.com, June 2006

Johannes Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1

1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo: Allegro molto e con fuoco
4. Finale: Allegro con fuoco


Clara Schumann, Sonata in G minor for Piano


5. Allegro
6. Adagio
7. Scherzo
8. Rondo

Robert Schumann, Kreisleriana, Op. 16

9. Äußerst bewegt
10. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
11. Sehr aufgeregt
12. Sehr langsam
13. Sehr lebhaft
14. Sehr langsam
15. Sehr rasch
16. Schnell und spielend

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