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Album Review: Pensare Piano
Karen Marie Garrett
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Pensare Piano
Karen Marie Garrett
2002 / Karen Garrett
47 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Pensare Piano (“Reflecting at the Piano”) is a lovely collection of classical piano solos played lovingly and capably by Karen Garrett. The CD includes two pieces by JS Bach; two by Beethoven; one each by Handel, Mozart, and Chopin; and five by the late pianist and film composer Frank Sanucci. While none of the pieces are particularly difficult or showy, it’s a very pleasant CD for quiet moments spent reflecting or reading, or as a backdrop for a meal. Since Chopin’s “Nocturne in Eb” is such a workhorse, I was a little shocked to hear it played as though a metronome was ticking away - no rubato at all except at the end - and quite a few of the ornaments were simplified. The piano teacher in me says, “shame, shame!” Otherwise, it’s a nice collection - not remarkable or exciting - but a very pleasant 47 minutes of familiar and not-so-familiar pieces. It is available from www.karengarrett.org.
June 22, 2003
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