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Phillip Scott
Fanfare, March 2016

The 25th Variation, with its Bill Evans harmonies, finds Oppens in an exploratory mode: She understands and subtly conveys the improvisational quality that lies at the heart of this work—not only where it is specifically asked for but right throughout.

She is impressive and authoritative. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



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

…an irresistible offering. …this album literally glows with pianistic brilliance. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Steve Holtje
Culture Catch, January 2016

Best Classical Albums 2015

Here [Oppens]…tops her old recording and nearly everybody else’s… It’s a highly rhythmic, gestural piece, and this being its premiere recording only makes this album even more invaluable. © 2016 Culture Catch



Robert Carl
Fanfare, January 2016

…Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by now has achieved classic status. … it’s a great song, stirring, full of harmonic progressions that surge forward with a sense of inevitability. Rzewski…poured every ounce of personal passion, imagination, and technique into the piece. The result is also one of the great monuments of the era of late 20th-century music we now term “Postmodern.” © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, January 2016

This is a new recording in modern sound. …uncharacteristically rushed and breathless. This music must take its time to unfold, and this just flies by. Sometimes first thoughts are better than later ones, and this is a good example. Nevertheless, few dare trying this at this pace, so if you’re curious, check it out. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Fanning
Gramophone, January 2016

…a fine monument to Oppens’s unflinching devotion to contemporary piano music, and it is also a tribute to her that others have been emboldened to follow and surpass her. © 2016 Gramophone



Petrowska Quilico
The WholeNote, November 2015

Technically it is brilliant playing. From pounding chords to effervescent riffs of extreme delicacy, Oppens is in control and commands the keyboard. There are numerous recordings of this work but this CD is definitely in a class by itself.

Excellent performances. Highly recommended CD. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, October 2015

[This] recording captures Oppens and Lowenthal with great presence and clarity, so even though the music is sometimes dense with activity and sometimes quite soft, the playing is always fully audible and often sparkling in its details. © 2015 Allmusic.com Read complete review




Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, October 2015

…Oppens’ virtuosity, musicality, and insightful inspiration add up to the most gratifying People United on disc… No lover of 20th and 21st-century piano music should miss this important release. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, September 2015

Rzewski’s epic collection of 36 variations on Sergio Ortega’s Chilean protest song “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” is, unquestionably, the great masterpiece in the form written in the past half century. It has, ever since, been the late-20th century piano piece that every piano virtuoso of major firepower and intellect wants to record, many of whom do it remarkably. Here is a new recording of it and it’s an atom-smasher, as it should be by the pianist who gave its world premiere. © 2015 The Buffalo News Read complete review





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