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Graham Rickson
The Arts Desk, July 2014

The sleight of hand is dazzling; fruity sounding chords turn out on closer listening to be made up of just two or three notes. Remarkable, accessible music. © 2014 The Arts Desk Read complete review



Roger Thomas
International Record Review, April 2014

Comprising two sets of delicate miniatures which are full of sentiment without being unduly sentimental, this is a disc of subtle, almost subversive mellifluousness which pianist Carolyn Enger handles with the perfect balance of knowingness and respect. © 2014 International Record Review



Jack Sullivanr
American Record Guide, March 2014

Carolyn Enger’s playing is beautifully nuanced and songlike through all of these pieces—by no means an easy achievement. Many of these are world première recordings, making this an important album as well as a warmly appealing one. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Graham Lock
International Piano, March 2014

…these 33 miniature…suit the piano very well…each is a tiny flake, a melodic gesture of tenderness and gratitude, played with exemplary care by Carolyn Enger. © 2014 International Piano



Laurence Vittes
Gramophone, February 2014

The intriguing notion of a CD containing 33 short piano pieces by the engagingly reflective American composer Ned Rorem, each professing love or devotion, has been affectionately realised by the American pianist Carolyn Enger. Playing on a beautifully recorded Steinway…Enger raises the miniatures to a higher level by taking the time and care to recapture the emotional impact each must have had when their dedicatees read the inscription and title, and then heard the music for the first time. Taken together, the effect is pleasantly, intimately discursive… © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, January 2014

The pianist here, Carolyn Enger, plays with a highly sympathetic approach to the delicate phrasing required to emphasise the gentle nature of these pieces.

This disc is a good place to start an exploration of one of America’s most distinguished composers. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times, December 2013

The New York Times Critics’ Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013

Among the 90th-birthday tributes this year to the essential American composer Ned Rorem, this recording especially stands out. The fine pianist Carolyn Enger plays Mr. Rorem’s complete Piano Album I, published in 2003, a collection of tender yet pungent miniatures written for friends, intimates and personal occasions from 1978 to 2001.



Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, December 2013

…Ned Rorem is a living treasure of American classical music. And although his reputation rests largely on his vocal and theatrical works, this wonderful disc demonstrates how nicely his gift translates to smaller instrumental pieces as well. Carolyn Enger’s playing is consistently sensitive and insightful. © 2013 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review



John Terauds
Musical Toronto, November 2013

…Carolyn Enger has recorded 33 of these solo works as if they are great masterpieces, laying out the music with tremendous care.

Rorem’s great love of the art song…is crystal clear in these little pieces, most of which are written in two voices: a melody with counterpoint or a melody supported by harmonic progression.

Only here the piano is both singer and accompanist, a task Enger makes sound deceptively easy.

…the real joy is in listening…in a setting where nothing will stand in the way of this music’s simple beauty and the delicate, sensitive voice of its interpreter.

It’s like an afternoon at the spa, without the gunky herbal wrap. © 2013 Musical Toronto Read complete review



Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, October 2013

…Between calculated joy and realism of lived experience, with a natural musical depth without any mysticism, the thumbnails of "The Piano Album I/ Six Friends", played by the talented Carolyn Enger, run precious, making me envy those who have received them and they show how beauty and adherence to the themes are not elements related to time. An enriching experience, that leading away from styles or genres…just splendid music of intensity… © Percorsi Musicali





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