Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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David Phillips Reviews
"Mr. Phillips gave his account a
distinctly Mozartean accent, with a
light touch, a tone that alternated between crystalline and gentle singing, as
needed, with currents of courtly elegance and playful subversion
intertwined. Mr. Phillips has thought long and hard and cares deeply about
what he plays, and he has much to say that is provocative and
moving....Perhaps his most important gift is a clarity and soundness of
expression, which compels a listener to re-think familiar pieces in new
"One of the most exciting and
satisfying piano recitals in recent memory. David Phillips is among the most
persuasive Beethoven interpreters of our time. But his brilliant Berkeley
recital Monday night was a reminder that he is also that rarer and perhaps
more marvelous creature: a great Schubert Performer."
"...the music flowed through him with
such mellow insights, deep emotional involvement and self-effacing
pianism that you felt as though you were confronting the composers'
thought processes directly rather than through an interpreter."
"...Phillips is among the best Mozart
players of his generation, one who has the depth to understand this
hardest of all music and who puts his considerable gifts purely to its
"This performance was truly cherishable -- he played with a lucent, buoyant
tone, impeccable taste, imagination, style, humor and originality."
(Beethoven's Concerto No. 4 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kurt
"One would have to search far and
wide for a more substantial or
satisfying recital than the one David Phillips presented on Sunday as part
of Lincoln Center's 'Great Performers' Series."
"This was playing that wrapped the
listener in its spell for two hours,
playing that made no concessions to fad or fancy, playing that approached
the status of revelation." (San Francisco)