The Voice of the Piano
As part of the celebration of Daniel Levy’s 25th anniversary as a recording artist, the classical label Edelweiss Emission released a Limited Edition of recordings named “The Voice of the Piano”.
The series gathers together a wide variety of recordings by Daniel Levy that have been recorded over a successful 25 year period of intensive artistic activity and instrumental virtuosity, with a repertoire that includes music for solo piano, for piano with orchestra, chamber music and lieder.
The series is made up of new releases and a number of carefully selected re-editions of Daniel Levy’s earlier recordings.
The acclaimed journalist and Classical Music critic Bernard Jacobson had this to say about Daniel Levy’s playing and The Voice of the Piano:
Everything I have heard of his work since then has confirmed my view of him as one of the finest musicians now before the public. Whenever he plays a piece I thought I knew well, he ends by telling me things about it that I had never thought of before. It is surely that gift, along with the blessed willingness to take risks (backed by the cast-iron strength of technique necessary for any successful piano-playing), that distinguishes great artistry from mere craftsmanship…
For this celebration, the legendary piano makers Steinway & Sons have conferred a special acknowledgment to Daniel Levy as a “Steinway Artist” for his significant contribution to music.
Steinway & Sons would like to express our cordial congratulations, and look forward to being a part of Daniel Levy’s wonderful musicianship in the future.”Gerrit Glaner, Steinway & Sons
Below is an extract from Bernard Jacobson’s original review of The Voice of the Piano:
I have loved Daniel Levy’s playing since the first moment I encountered it. But it has taken this superb collection to remind me that he is an artist worthy to stand alongside, not just the Brendels and Lupus, but any of the most celebrated figures in the ranks of musical interpretation. However well listeners to these performances may already know the works presented here, they will assuredly learn many things about them that they have not thought of before–and that, along with the blessed willingness to take risks, is what distinguishes great artistry from mere craftsmanship. Bernard Jacobson
To read the full review by Bernard Jacobson and listen to samples of the recordings please click here
This outstanding series of 64 CDs will feature the following works:
- The two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier and The Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach
- Sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
- Works by Chopin and Liszt
- A captivating fresco of 15 CDs with works by Schumann, including Kreisleriana, Davidsbündlertänze, Kinderszenen, Waldszenen, Sonatas n. 1 and n. 2, Fantasia Op. 17 and Phantasiestücke, Carnaval and Vienna Carnaval, Papillons, Gesänge der Frühe, Album for the Young, chamber music with violin, viola, clarinet and oboe, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Lieder and Quintet, among others
- Grieg’s 66 Lyric Pieces and his Sonata, completed with the three sonatas for violin and piano
- Works by Brahms for piano, along with the Concert n. 1 with the Philharmonia Orchestra
- Piano Recitals with works by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Ravel
- Studies and preludes by Scriabin
- Spanish pieces by Albéniz, Granados and De Falla
- Argentinian pieces by Guastavino, Ginastera and Piazzolla
- A series of compositions by Levy