"Fresh on the heels of his exploration of the comic angles of Haydn and Ligeti comes “Impromptu,” a baker’s dozen of quasi-improvisatory pieces dispatched with Wosner’s characteristic combination of dexterity and interpretive subtlety." says Joshua Kosman at the San Francisco Chronicle
"Don't miss this satisfying listen!", says Gramophone in its June 2017 issue.
"Wosner’s abandonment of the still prevalent lexigraphic programming practices of so many classical recordings is laudable. It demonstrates that, along with fresh perspectives, unusual juxtapositions, effected with intelligence and taste, may yield a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts".
More praise for Shai's performance with the Aurora Orchestra on Friday.
Of the Ligeti Piano Concerto, critic Geoff Brown writes: "However mad the whirlpool, Wosner’s dexterity, flair and steely page-turner saw him through. ... This was a triumphant performance" (The Times and The Sunday Times).
"But the night belonged to Shai Wosner’s unusual mixture of showmanship and humility" (Bernard Hughes, The Arts Desk). Shai performed everything from Mozart to Ligeti with the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon at Kings Place in London.
Today, Shai's new solo recording -- "Impromptu," for Onyx Classics -- is officially released in the U.S. Shai took to the streets with a toy piano for the video trailer, which you can watch below. "Impromptu" is available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other music retailers. For the CD on Amazon, click here: http://a.co/4AFg2fC
A ludicrous number of notes, indeed! About Ligeti and his concerto, Shai says, "Ligeti ... was famously fascinated by notions of order flirting with disorder, not only from a scientific point of view ... but also in connection with his love of the absurd, influenced by everything from Bosch and Bruegel to Dada and Cage. It carries enormous expressive importance in some of his most celebrated works and nowhere has it brought more explosive results than in the Piano Concerto (1985-88)." [György Ligeti - Piano Concerto (1985-1988, audio+score)]
On Friday, Shai will reunite with conductor Nicholas Collon for a London performance of Ligeti's Piano Concerto, this time with the Aurora Orchestra. This eclectic work will be complemented by an eclectic program Mozart, Chopin, Glass, Nancarrow, and Hindemith.
What a great pleasure to work again with the fantastic Tito Muñoz!
Fun times, great music (and great food!) in Raleigh.
Tomorrow night, Shai kicks off a three-concert run of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with Tito Muñoz leading the North Carolina Symphony!