Edward Jablonski, 2003, Official Biographer of
Irving Berlin, George Gershwin & Harold Arlen : Cool Piano
Consider this unique compilation of works by a remarkable group of composers, an
American, a Frenchman and a Russian. All were creatively active around the same
time, the early twentieth century. All composed in the larger forms -
symphonies, concertos, and operas. They are celebrated for their piano
miniatures; miniatures but in no way small. In this genre they share, besides
the time, a common trait: they were all masters.
These three composers, while individual, share philosophies, even sounds, but
remain themselves. Mark Birnbaum's playing fits the concept of the collection. I
love this album!