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Journale Cluny-Macon: Brilliantissime
The Fresno Bee: Livingston is on a mission to bring Antheil's music into the standard repertoire for the piano, and this evening's performance made a magnificent contribution to that effort...wickedly entertaining...The Jazz Sonata came off with the energy of sparkling wine.
All Music Guide: The task of playing Antheil's piano music
well is in itself quite a feat. It requires the stamina and agility
of a boxer tempered with the sensitivity of a poet and a mathematician's
sense of logic. Livingston is the champion on all counts, and
this is the best compact disc of George Antheil's piano
Gramophone Magazine: He has spent
some years preparing and presenting these little-known works,
and it shows: his interpretations, like his pianism, deserve
the highest praise
American Record Guide:
These lively, witty, impressive
works…represent the entire range of Antheil’s art,
from bad-boy crazy stuff like Sonate Sauvage to the grim monumentality
of late pieces like Sonata No. 5. Some, like the opening of
Sonata No. 4 and the finale of No. 3, have a childlike impishness
and exuberance similar to Prokofiev. Livingstons’s performances
can only be called heroic : unflinchingly wacky, and over-the-top
avant-garde sonatas, sober and stark in the late ones. An outstanding
release and an important one.
Münchner Merkur: "A microcosm of the very newest music:
one is overwhelmed by the extensive differentiation of technique
and form...Modern music is rarely so multi-dimensional, rich
in changes and exciting."
Abendzeitung: "Here one finds only winning minutes. Livingston
jumped from one musical idiom to the next with fantastic skill.
Sports Illustrated: "The students watched spell-bound as
Livingston rolled the balls back and forth over the keys and
reached inside the piano to rake them across the strings. At
last, after striking the piano's soundboard with a ball to create
the final note, he tossed it high into the air and caught it.
"It's a piece about risk," said Livingston. "You can't drop
Le Monde: "Don't Panic" applies above all to the pianist
himself, required to display-notably during the interpretation
of this collection in concert-an incredible versatility. ...superbly
shows off Guy Livingston's vocal and fingerwork virtuosity.
...In fact, we listened to some pieces many times in a row,
through pure pleasure, or in an attempt to pierce their mystery.
Süddeutsche Zeitung: "It is hard to decide whether to marvel
more over Livingston's breathtaking ability, his high musical
intelligence, or his theatrical humor. "
American Record Guide: "Livingston's playing is assured
and expert... Wergo's superb engineering captures Livingston's
instrument with exemplary strength, clarity, and immediacy.
Why can't everyone record the piano this well? "
Classics Today: "This is one of the freshest and most entertaining
new music piano discs of 2001, and it deserves to sell millions...
splendid engineering... affable and imaginative. " (10/10)
Diapason: "Antheil's perfect champion"
The New York Times: "A pianist with a flair for modernism"
Fono Forum: "Great independence and virtuosity"
Pizzicato Magazine: "The fact is that Livingston has done an outstanding job of arranging these miniatures, providing a cleverly navigated musical flow. Don't Panic! This CD is a piece of our world!"