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Some Reviews Found on the WEB -- part 2 of 3

Re the Katchaturian from: soundfountain.com

You may have stumbled on Khachaturian's Concerto performed by Leonard Pennario and Felix Slatkin on Capitol P8349, a noteworthy performance at the time of its release in 1957. Pennario's clear and chiseled technique and impetus are very appropriate for this extrovert score. Rrecorded in mono only.

[The performance is available in stereo both on LP and on tape. -- JGM]

Re Pennario Playing the Rozsa Sonata.

JF observes: This [Buechner's] one is special from the start. The waltz brings out unsuspected drama and variety in its four-minute space. "The Vintner's Daughter" is wonderfully poetic. The Sonata is a mystery and a challenge to my ear. Two years ago, in recital, Buechner seemed to capture the explosive violence of this work while yet playing with superhuman speed. By comparison I recalled the Eric Parkin performance (Unicorn LP/Cambria CD) as grand but somewhat slow and aloof. Now, on closer examination, the timings turn out to be almost identical, with Parkin actually faster in the two outer movements. What strikes me here is Buechner's variety within the basic tempo and her lyric, flowing touch in even the fastest music. I expect we'll be studying-and enjoying-this one for a long time. Somebody will have to dig up the ancient Pennario LP version, which Frank DeWald once called the greatest recorded performance in the entire Rozsa canon. It may have a challenger. Readers may recall our recording session report about DAVID Buechner last year. Yes, the trans-gendered pianist has embarked on a personal as well as a musical journey of considerable human interest. A story for another time.

[The Pennario version is now available on CD as part of the Pennario Early Years, MSR release. --- JGM]

Re Pennario Playing the Schumann Sonata.

Leonard Pennario is at the top of my list. I'm not sure if he qualifies for "Lesser" known or not, but he does not seem to be at the forefront of any discussions I've read here. And that is unfortunate. The first concert I attended was a recital given by Mr. Pennario. That performance included Schumann's G minor Piano Sonata (Op. 22). That rendition "knocked my socks off", and I have never heard another pianist equal that performance - a true titan of a pianist.

(From a classical music discussion group )

Private Pennario in 1943

From: Portlands Symphony History

December 7, 1943
On the second anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the orchestra gives a concert with uniformed soloist PFC Leonard Pennario, who receives a tremendous reception following his performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor.