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Album Review: Beethoven - Mendelssohn - Debussy
Michael Dulin
Cover image of the album Beethoven - Mendelssohn - Debussy by Michael Dulin
Beethoven - Mendelssohn - Debussy
Michael Dulin
1998 / Equity Digital
52 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Beethoven - Mendelssohn - Debussy was pianist Michael Dulin’s debut recording, and was awarded the Silver Medal in the Second International Audio-Video Competition in New York in 1996. Over the past few years, Dulin has established himself as one of the very best pianist/composers on the planet with his three releases of original compositions, but he previously had a long career in classical music, receiving his training at the prestigious Juilliard School, and competing at the international level. Dulin’s record label, Equity Digital, is rereleasing this CD as well as Dulin’s collection of George Gershwin’s music, A Nice Boy From Brooklyn, in conjunction with the release of Dulin’s newest album, “Timeless, Classics For A New Age.” While all of Dulin’s recordings are breathtaking, Beethoven - Mendelssohn - Debussy displays Dulin’s artistry at the piano the most profoundly. His control and clarity are second to none, and the passion he brings to his playing communicates deeply. The selections are Beethoven’s Sonata #3 in C major, Op. 2 #3, a four-movement sonata composed when Beethoven was in 20’s; Mendelssohn’s “Variations Serieuses, Op. 54,” nineteen short variations that reveal the composer’s more serious, stormy side; and Debussy’s “Pour le Piano,” a three-movement work that demonstrates how this composer revolutionized the way we look at the piano. The contrasts in the compositional styles of these three composers allow us to witness the versatility of Dulin, the pianist. The piano whispers, roars, tiptoes, dances, and stomps, becoming one with the artist and the composers, gently, passionately, and with grace and elegance. Truly a work of art, this album shouldn’t be missed! It is available from www.michaeldulin.com, www.equitydigital.com, amazon.com, and cdbaby.com.
October 19, 2004
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