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Alex Baran
The WholeNote, October 2015

Thirteen Anniversaries from 1988 is the last of four such collections of miniatures Bernstein wrote for his family and numerous friends. A half century separates these from the early compositions on this disc and the difference is remarkable. Dossin conveys what the older composer is feeling. For Stephen Sondheim is a heartfelt tribute to his friend and librettist with very subtle harmonic tilts in the direction of Broadway. In Memoriam: Ellen Goetz is simple and profoundly moving and serves as a fitting close to the set. …All of it is superb. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review



Raymond Beegle
Fanfare, September 2015

Alexandre Dossin’s luminous, expansive playing is a great delight from the beginning to the end of this disc. With his wonderful technical control…and with his breadth of imagination…he serves up these little fragments to their brilliant best advantage. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Wright
American Record Guide, July 2015

Bernstein’s long series of Anniversaries, 29 in all, are musical portraits of and tributes to important people in his life. The musical language spans everything from naive tonality to the racy dissonance of his sonata and two early pieces that close this recital. There’s enough variety from piece to piece that I wasn’t bored at all, even when listening to all 20 in a row. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jed Distler
Gramophone, July 2015

polished, idiomatic and well-recorded performances… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, June 2015

Alexandre Dossin delivers very good performances of all this music. He’s especially noteworthy in miniatures like the one for Ellen Goetz, which calls for soft, lullaby-like playing all throughout and is noteworthy for the player’s poetry. Dossin is also able clearly to articulate the knottier music on the disc… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, May 2015

Don’t expect the colour and the verve of Bernstein’s more approachable orchestral works; these are largely speaking performances for the cognoscenti, including several world première recordings. Known for his large-scale compositions, Leonard Bernstein also wrote for his own instrument, the piano. The sequence of four Anniversaries, published between 1944 and 1989, are brief, deftly evocative vignettes written to celebrate his many friends, colleagues and family members. The early Piano Sonata is imbued with youthful self-confidence, and explores certain compositional techniques to which he was to return in more mature works. The rhythmically incisive Music for the Dance No. II is another important early work. © 2015 Classical CD Choice



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2015

Alexandre Dossin handles the performance…with a near-perfect understanding of the stylistic worlds they dwell in. He seems very much the right pianist for this music. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, April 2015

Brazilian pianist Alexandre Dossin does full justice to the diverging aspects of Bernstein’s output for solo piano, with a muscular reading of the Sonata, and an expressively melodic approach to the sets of Anniversaries. He even includes world première recordings of the Music for the Dance No. II and Non Troppo Presto, both of which showcase the composer’s more cerebral side. This alone should be enough to entice Bernstein collectors to seek out this recording. © 2015 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2015

How will posterity remember ‘Lenny’ Bernstein? As a fine pianist, or maybe as an outgoing conductor, though many will recall his musicals, such as West Side Story. Not many, I guess, will think of him during his years as an avant-garde composer, writing such works as the Piano Sonata, a score completed in 1938 when he was just coming out of his college years. Not fully embracing the Second Viennese School of atonality, the hard hitting two-movement score was certainly heading in that direction, a fact reinforced by the short and quirky Non Troppo Presto completed the previous year. Yet by 1942 he had deserted that dead-end road, the series of miniatures gathered together as Seven Anniversaries having moved into the world of ‘Americana’ inhabited by such composers as Aaron Copland. Harmonies come from mid-20th century tonality, with melody, that is absent in the Sonata, making a welcome return in pictures of his friends, some, sadly, in memoriam. It was an idea that resurfaced forty-five years later in Thirteen Anniversaries, when he brought together more cameos written over the previous thirty years, and looking back on those who were no longer alive to hear his music. Together they form the larger part of this disc played by Alexander Dossin.  Born in Brazil, but having spent much of his life as a concert pianist in the United States, his career has largely taken place in the Americas. In many ways this is not easy music to play, and it is all too easy to exaggerate the aggressive aspects of the Sonata, and equally to allow the Anniversaries to become too inward looking. Dossin ideally steers himself through these pitfalls, his abundant technique making little of the challenges posed. The sound quality is excellent, and the whole disc has my strongest recommendation. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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