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Walter Simmons
Fanfare, September 2013

…Sims is quite an extraordinary pianist, as she demonstrates in this program of landmark works from the American piano repertoire of the first half of the 20th century…sound quality…is exceedingly vivid, in addition to the pianist’s extraordinary technical and interpretive musicianship.

…this is a marvelous recording, highly recommended to those looking for a varied program of distinguished American piano music. Lori Sims is as convincing in this repertoire as any pianist I have heard. I’d love to hear a “Volume II.” © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



Jed Distler
Gramophone, June 2013

The superb musicianship and flexible virtuosity Lori Sims reveals both in recital and in her off-the-cuff masterclass keyboard demonstrations manifest themselves throughout this release. She captures the Copland Variations’ stark and stern idiom with wide dynamic contrasts and strong rhythmic focus.

By contrast, Sims positively devours the Barber Sonata, yet is smart enough to remember to chew well and savour the music when appropriate, such as in her straightforward and well-sustained Adagio mesto. Her perky, characterfully accented Fugue and delightfully leggiero Scherzo count among the best on disc, while the Allegro energico’s opening pages have rarely conveyed such a combination of ferocity and longing. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, May 2013

American pianist Lori Sims…brings all her expertise to bear on the present program of “American Classics.” That includes her feeling for the style, rhythm, and contour of the music she plays, and especially the utter precision with which she sounds each note cleanly and with the utmost clarity.

Bringing out the unique character of Weber’s music isn’t easy, but Lori Sims does it with economy and style.

As opposed to the high energy of most of the music on this CD, the Griffes pieces are slow, unhurried, and listeners are given plenty of white space between tracks to meditate on the beauties they’ve just heard. © 2013 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review





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