Tanya Bannister, an exceptionally talented young pianist…is fortunate to have three attractive composition commissioned for her…and well recorded. …Bannister plays all these with a scintillating tone and a subtle sense of chording and dynamics. A beautiful piano tone is a rare thing these days, and she has it.”
EVANSTON REVIEW for Ravinia Rising Stars March 9, 2010 By DOROTHY ANDRIES Contributor Recital: A terrifying performance experience for a young music student; an excellent opportunity for a professional to show what he or she can do. The spring series of Rising Stars recitals at the Ravinia Festival’s year-round Bennett-Gordon Hall began March 5 with […]
The Greenwich Symphony opened its 2009-10 season last weekend with a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, marking the 200th anniversary of his birth with a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” Copland wrote this piece in 1942 as part of a series of commissions to celebrate famous Americans. Robert Sherman, who has been with classical music […]
“Bannister played with intelligence, poetry and proportion … was particularly impressed by the way she gave all the Brahms variations their own splendid little lives and characters while yoking them firmly into a grander totality . ” Tim Page from the Washington Post (29th January 2007).
“Aged 27 at the time of the recording (2004), Tanya Bannister is at the other end of her career, yet she is clearly an artist to watch – and no wonder when she can count Claude Frank and Richard Goode as her main teachers. Her recital appears to have been chosen especially to emphasize Clementi’s […]
Biography also came to the fore in Bannister’s impassioned take on Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto: delicate piano trills set up velvet entrances by the horns; loping orchestral passages barely kept pace with rattling keyboard interjections. The gold medalist pushed her tempos in a reading that emphasized the tensions between soloist and orchestra … it also yielded […]
Muzio Clementi ’s sonatas are a peculiar animal. He was a composer whose works straddled the Classical and Romantic periods both temporally and stylistically. Therefore, pianists who play his sonatas have a wide range of choices when making decisions about articulation, dynamics, and other details that will determine how the music sounds and feels, not […]