Solo Press Quotes
Penneys playing is nothing short of amazing.
It was a thrilling performance that proved to the over flow crowd that with Penneys, the golden age of piano playing is not only alive but thriving.
Her interpretations, always honestly conceived, are clearly contoured, athletically limber and precisely articulated.
A sensational effect was created by the playing of Rebecca Penneys. She is a genius of the piano…
Penneys commands a fluid technique which ranges from the most velvet pianissimo to the most stentorian fortissimo, and which shifts gears from virtuosic passage work to simple melodies without missing a beat.
Her performance was nothing short of revelatory: a taut, kinetic brand of music making that had you holding on to your seat.
She will leave behind the memory of a truly great recitalist.
When she touches her wand-like fingers to the keyboard, thunder rolls, lightning breaks through the heavens, and Elysian songs are heard.
Penneys moves like a dancer, has the strength of an Olympic gymnast and plays the piano like a tamed whirlwind.
A more stunning display of musical intelligence and technical prowess would be difficult to imagine.
Penneys played with a freedom both effortless and selfless. Her technique was so secure and her mind was so focused that she could do anything she chose with the music — and she chose the right things.
Pianist Rebecca Penneys’ recital revealed an artist of striking originality. Penneys is a pianist of prodigious talent: She possesses a daredevil technique and the sort of charismatic stage presence that demands attention.
Her performance was rich, beautiful and touching, full of brilliance, grace and joy.
Penneys gave an amazing performance of the entire Chopin etude cycle. The results were as musically moving as they were brilliantly instructive.
With Penneys the flair and lively elegance of music-making proved irresistible.
Pennyes is major artist of intelligence, technique and the bravura temperament.
…Miss Penneys has exceptional tonal control as well as massive technique. She can caress a phrase or thunder a passage with equal appropriateness…
Penneys’ recording embodies the true essence of the Chopin Etudes, studies in sound, nuance, sensitivity, touch & emotion. It is through her transcendent pianistic ability and complete understanding of the physiology of the body that these more humanistic qualities are released.
Whether with humor or with a reflectiveness that goes deeper than usual, Penneys compels the listener to hear standard works with new ears. Her playing is marked by a keen musical intelligence, imagination, and good rhythm.
Brava, Rebecca Penneys!
This is the way the piano should be played — and recorded.
Penneys offers an extraordinary collection of performances displaying an astonishing control over piano sound. It is absolutely gorgeous and full of unimaginable colors. She sings through the instrument, seemingly without effort. Her playing is simply revelatory.
Genius, it has been said, knows itself. If that is so, then Rebecca Penneys must know how remarkable she is.
Trio Press Quotes
Together they work magic.
The Trio played with big tone, supple phrasing, energy, and a romantic ensemble in which individualism and teamwork were balanced.
Playing together with seamless rapport and producing rich symphonic sonorities, the musicians played with singing line, rounded phrases, subtle nuance of tempo and dynamics and eloquent exchanges of musical dialogue.
This is one of the most interesting and exciting discs of piano trios, or any chamber music, or any classical music I have ever heard.
This is a delightful team, with a collective personality that seems to sum up the joy of making music with each other, which, after all, is the essence of chamber music.