Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review
New York, August 4th, 2020
Merkin Hall – Piano Recital
Dudana Mazmanishvilli, piano
J. S. Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Brahms – Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, opus 24
Classical Bridge Festival is presented by New York Concert Artists & Associates (NYCA) in a mission to create dynamic partnerships among musicians, music lovers and music professionals; and in the hope of broadening the spectrum of audiences, while providing helpful resources, innovative programming ideas and diverse approaches to musical presentation. Nurturing young musicians with lessons and master classes by great masters, providing a platform for each to learn, to collaborate and to exhibit talents through concerts and panel discussions, Classical Bridge believes that we contribute to an ever-evolving music industry and society-at-large in the hopes of a more fully imagined musical life.
This Schumann album marks the collaboration between CuGate Classics and Georgian pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili. It contains a tremendous reading of the “unplayable“ Toccata and well-considered examinations of two further romantic masterpieces by Schumann. The album closes with a world premiere recording: Lagidzes Rondo Toccata, which builds a highly virtuoso bridge to the Schumann Toccata, sprinkling some Georgian spice over the German romantic repertoire.