An active recitalist and recording artist, pianist Danny Zelibor has recently recorded works by Alexandre Tansman on Toccata Classics. He currently resides in New York City and studies with Warren Jones at Manhattan School of Music.
As in the first volume in this series, the brilliant young American pianist Danny Zelibor proves an ideal exponent of this music, not only in the way he instinctively seems to grasp the essence of the composer’s often elusive idiom, but also in the way he infuses the music with the last ounce of character, color, and excitement. With his own first-rate program notes and Toccata’s splendid recorded sound, this hugely enjoyable collection is clearly one to treasure.
Danny Zelibor, in his excellent booklet deftly characterising each piece, for instance describes the harmonies of the Sept Préludes as ‘at one turn just shy of a Gershwin song or Scriabin prelude, and at the next [becoming] dense stacks of sound that climb up three staves’. Tansman’s compelling Sonata rustica embraces neo-classicism, jazz and polytonality, often chasing between them within a few bars. … Zelibor shows them in the best possible light.
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