Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?  
Keyword Search
 in   
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews



 
See latest reviews of other albums...

Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, September 2016

Warren Lee is a first-rate artist, and this program of miniatures by Bernstein and Tan is exquisite in every respect. The pairing of the two composers is ideal in that both attempt an alchemy of various musical traditions in their work, and both write very well for the piano. The music is attractive, expertly made…

Lee’s playing responds imaginatively to the music, and he has a masterly range of colors—very important in programs of short works like this one. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Colin Clarke
Fanfare, September 2016

Warren Lee possesses a fine technique, and is clearly attuned to Bernstein’s post-Copland mode of expression.

The composer David Diamond, still sadly and unaccountably under-rated to this day, inspired the pensive but powerful third piece, its shape emerging naturally here thanks to Lee’s handling… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, September 2016

Throughout the program Warren Lee proves to be an adept, adroit pianist who easily encompasses the musical chasm between Bernstein and Tan Dun, but it’s…at the end that he really astonishes. His fingers brush the strings in gauzy glissandos and drum them with lightning speed—I can’t quite figure out how he accomplishes it—to produce possibly the most delicately transparent work ever written for the instrument. Think of ghosts tiptoeing across a spider’s web. …Here he’s particularly impressive in quiet, reflective music by both composers, showing a natural affinity for the turn to inwardness. Rarely are artist and repertoire so exquisitely matched. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Daniel Morrison
Fanfare, September 2016

Warren Lee’s playing has poise, precision, clarity, and verve. He makes the most of the coloristic opportunities offered by the Tan Dun pieces and supplies impressive tonal weight where that is required…

This disc offers unusual repertoire that is of substantial interest, very well played and recorded, and thus deserves an unequivocal recommendation. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, September 2016

[Warren Lee] captures the spirit of this diverse selection of music with great accuracy and tremendous charm. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2016

Warren Lee brings to us a beautifully poetic approach to each composer’s take on their 20th century world. All the subtleties and dynamic nuances of the works come to us readily in Lee’s hands, so that there is in all cases a synergy of musical idea and poetical execution that allows us to experience each work in near ideal terms.

Musical gems, finely performed. It is a beguiling program, two versions of piano modernism on display in all their contrastive originality.

Very recommended. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, April 2016

Warren Lee’s piano recital highlights a common matrix between the music of Leonard Bernstein and Tan Dun: the French music legacy of Chopin and Debussy. But the color and the moods of this music are enriched by idiomatic aspects: American folk, choral works, middle Eastern and Chinese culture and contemporary techniques of making music, too. This precious collection bring us into a temporal sinthesys of 20th century musical history and show us that the pianistic activity of the two composers wasn’t a secondary job. © 2016 Percorsi Musicali





Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group