Antonio Pappano and Beatrice Rana in a recording session (Photo credit: Warner Classics)
Pianist Beatrice Rana, conductor Antonio Pappano and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia’s new Warner Classics album was released earlier this month and the reviews are in! Listeners and critics alike are raving about this new recording of Bernstein’s Three Symphonies which features Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety”, in celebration of the venerable American composer’s centennial this year. To learn more about the album, listen to Gramophone’s podcast.
Gramophone Magazine selected the album as their “Recording of the Month” in their September 2018 issue! Zev Kane from WQXR named the recording as one of the “Best New Releases of the Month” in their August round-up.
In their review of the album, Gramophone exclaims: “Pappano’s choice of the audacious young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana – a rising star if ever there was one – is right on the money. She has the razzle-dazzle in spades, of course, but it is the mercurial throwaway manner that really excites.”
The Guardian raves: “The piano always present but more questing than dominating, as soloist Beatrice Rana so poetically communicates.”
The Times of London writes: “The sparkle of Beatrice Rana … brilliantly played.”
The Financial Times states: “Beatrice Rana brings an engagingly spontaneous feel to the piano solo in the Symphony No. 2”.
TheArtsDesk.com praises: “Solo part played with percussive brilliance here by Beatrice Rana, she is stunning in the brief Masque.”