David Holzman

Sessions: Sonatas Nos 1 & 3; Shapey: Mutations

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This disc features exceptional performances of extremely challenging works that make few concessions to beauty or listenability. Pianist David Holzman does everything he can to bring these pieces to life. He has the power, the technique, the intellect, and the understanding to make these rarely heard twentieth century American works seem vital and compelling. But despite Holzman's command and burning commitment, much, perhaps most, of this superbly crafted music flirts with ugliness, and it will likely appeal to only the most committed fans of twentieth century American music. Produced by Matthew Packwood and engineered by Joel Gordon, the digital sound of this Bridge disc is amazingly realistic.

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