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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, May 2014

…in this disc pianist Lewin seems to have been inspired by the learning of new pieces and thoroughly enjoyed making the disc. I, for one, also enjoyed listening to it.

A large part of the reason for my enjoyment was the fact that despite this “ghosts and goblins” theme, most of the music is really of a high quality. Lewin brings a fine sense of direction and continuity to everything he plays, and the result is a fascinating recital devoid of music one has heard time and time again.

Bravo, Michael Lewin! © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Kara Dahl Russell
The WSCL Blog, October 2013

There are so many (MANY) gifted pianists coming out of conservatories these days that it has been said for years that there just isn’t enough room for them in the concert halls. So it behoves a pianist to be inventive in their programming selections. Lewin gives us a prime example: a haunting collection of works perfect for your next Halloween party. Mostly from the romantic era’s preoccupation with ghosts and goblins…there are also a few modern works, and some previously unrecorded works from various times. Lewin has also carefully orchestrated the works so that there is musical lift in the moody atmosphere. The rapid-fire goblin dances are where he gets to display his technique and virtuousity. It’s everything a ghoul could wish for. © 2013 The WSCL Blog Read complete review

John France
MusicWeb International, August 2013

This is a beautifully contrived CD. I was impressed by the vibrant sound quality. Michael Lewin’s playing is flawless. There is no sense of condescension apparent in any of these pieces—even those that the ‘high-brow’ may regard as less-than-worthy of a concert pianist. Each number is given a concentrated, well wrought performance that reveals the composer’s picturesque, creepy and at times macabre musical imagery.

This is a fabulous—in more ways than one—new release from Sono Luminus that explores a wide range of musical achievement from a number of talented composers. It is a CD that will be of interest to all those who are young at heart and who relate to goblins, ghouls and things of the night. This disc is a delight for anyone who has enjoyed Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre and has wondered if there is any more ‘scary’ music in the repertoire. © MusicWeb International Read complete review

Blair Sanderson, July 2013

Piano Phantoms is Michael Lewin’s 2013 collection of 18 character pieces based on spectral themes. Some of the selections are by familiar classical composers and musical notables, such as Franz Schubert, Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, Antonin Dvorák, Sergey Lyapunov, Nicolai Medtner, and Eugène Goossens, and their pieces evoke the supernatural with a mix of Romantic moodiness and virtuosic flair. While this is a worthwhile airing of spooky repertoire that has been neglected for the most part, and much of it is quite charming, nothing here is particularly disturbing or likely to haunt listeners, so listen without fear. © 2013 Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), June 2013

“Piano Phantoms” is a tour-de-force of virtuoso pianism and imaginative musicianship. Michael Lewin’s artistic tone-painting and ability to tell stories through sound gives unique life to each ghost and goblin. The program includes eight world-premiere recordings. © 2013 WFMT (Chicago) Read complete article

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