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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2001
The incomparable Awadagin Pratt did it again! This is truly a performance that leaves you slack-jawed in wonder. His incredible power and beautiful tone highlight the overall perfection of just about everything he plays. His fervent yet delicate emotions illustrate his obviously strong sense of the music's logic and meaning. All in all, it confirms this excellent impression: here is an artist who is not only enormously talented and creative, but also much more matured than his twenty-eight years age suggests. Pratt�s rightful place in the vanguard of the world�s greatest musicians is assured with every such magical performance.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2001
Acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt, known for his unorthodox style -- he sits on a bench very low to the floor. He also eschews the traditional tuxedo in favor of brightly colored shirts and gives the old masters something beyond the standard treatment. However, it's his splendid performance that really counts. His astonishing brilliance and beauty, the romance and lyricism, the incredible technique and prodigious talent, and his superb and imaginative repertoire transport listeners, levitating them into a spiritual dimension, where materials are immaterial.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2001
Awadagin is truly a virtuoso who performed these timeless classical pieces with such passion and energy. His technique is perfect and his power is peerless. I'm a big fan of the great legendary Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, and I think the performance of these pieces by Awadagin is definitely at the same level as Richter's.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2000
If you're seeking classical, you should probably stick with those known for their musical abilities/merits, and there are many choices that would supercede recordings such as this. Mr. Pratt has quite a way to go.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2001
Award-winning pianist Awadagin Pratt plays with a full-bodied intensity that can be at turns intimate and grandly heart-wrenching. It's truly an electrifying performance.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2001
What can you say about someone who's touted themself as "the next classical superstar" for almost a decade but still remains, essentially, almost completely musically illiterate? I now easily understand the tales I've heard of symphonies flabbergasted where he performs as a soloist after working with him due to his thorough incompetency and pure "erraticism" without any potential artistic merit. Quite useful as a means of tracking symphonies, etc. whose management is out in left field/ignorant/worthy of avoiding, I guess. Really makes me question why he was signed in the first place--I personally find it shameful whoever let this out of the garage where it belonged to stay. I do apologize for the unusually strong review for whatever silly reason, but this is easily one of the worst/most "undeserving" classical recordings/performers I've ever heard, and try as I may, I can't find any excuses for it being as bad as it is. There are 1000's of things more on Amazon to look into before you waste your money on something disgraceful like this.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2001
Sadly, after repeated examination, it indeed appears that the soon-to-be 36-year-old Pratt indeed splices his recordings--i.e., he takes the best individual moments he can come up with to achieve superficial result. Personally, I prefer "honest" classical musicians when I listen to classical, as is generally the standard, though I suppose there may be those who simply want to hear what they want to hear for whatever reason.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2001
I enjoyed thoroughly all these pieces played by Awadagin. His interpretation is refreshing, his power is awesome, his tone is beautiful and his style is as smooth as silk.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2001
Mr. Pratt is an exceptional performer with a talent for stylizing within the most heatedly virtuosic material. His willful manipulation of tempos and dynamics, his varied articulation, as well as astonishing brilliance and energy, made for a provocative, electrifying performance.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2001
Several years ago, before the release of this CD, I had the pleasure seeing Mr. Pratt perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". To this day I don't remember the rest of his program that night, but the Mussargsky I will never forget. When this particular CD was released, I jumped to buy it just to help me remember his performance years before. Mr. Pratt may well base his professional concert career on pieces such as this, but who cares? The dynamics and tempo of the piece are what I look for in a dramatic interpretation of this mass audience composition. You are able to hear every note, and "picture" what Mussargsky was trying to convey.
If you are a serious classical music fan, or just like to listed to classical pops ever so often, you owe it to yourself to add this CD to your collection.
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