Release date Sept 11, 2020, by Gracemusic/MGM on CD & major digital music platforms
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“Why should we listen to Mark Isaacs playing this wonderful treasure-chest of well-known, gorgeous pieces, rather than, say, Martha Argerich, or Lang Lang? My answer is this: Every performance by a complete musician is different, and gives an insight into the music not found elsewhere. Isaacs is a complete musician.He is not about nimbleness of fingers, though he has this. Beethoven once accused contemporary pianists of losing all feeling in the nimbleness of fingers. Isaacs believes rather, with Beethoven, and indeed Argerich, that music which is played from the heart will go to the heart: Von Herzen – Möge es wieder – Zu Herzen gehen! (Beethoven’s epigraph to the score of the Missa Solemnis).”
Dr NICHOLAS ROUTLEY – Associate Professor of Music, University of Sydney
“Here is an album of sparklingly fresh, warmly intimate and deeply personal takes on some of the most lyrical and beloved solo piano works in the entire classical repertoire. These precious gems of unrestrained lyricism are given singularly personal and engaging treatments by one of Australia’s most accomplished musicians, internationally-renowned pianist and composer Mark Isaacs. Following two ARIA-nominated albums in jazz, this is his keenly-anticipated debut release of solo classical repertoire.
“The world would have more musical polymaths like Leonard Bernstein, André Previn, and indeed, Mark Isaacs, if more of we classical musicians were able to compose, improvise and play jazz.”
LACHLAN BRAMBLE– Intimacies Recording Producer; Associate Principal 2nd Violin, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Benaud Trio