Kirchner’s lovely, introspective “Riverside” wistfully travels between Manhattan and San Francisco, while the edgy “Lights of L.A.” paints an urgently sinister portrait of Tinseltown. … It’s an awful lot to absorb in one sitting, but well worth the far-flung trip.
Style, elegance, impeccable musicality, chanteuse extraordinaire – they all apply to the amazing Lisa Kirchner……This combination of musical styles and sung in English, French and Portuguese is as exciting as any new recording by a female vocalist to be release this year. Lisa Kirchner is on top of her form and this Album simply has it all”
“…an elegant vocal talent that could as a former co-worker from American Idol would say about certain talent – “She could sing the phone book.”…The bottom line for Kirchner is simply this…she entertains! … An absolutely delightful release and arguably her finest release to date.
“Revelations” is an apt title for this important recording of diverse works — piano pieces, songs, choral works, most of them little known — by the American master composer Leon Kirchner, who died at 90 in 2009. Kirchner’s music draws elements from his teacher Schoenberg, his mentor Stravinsky, and other 20th-century modernists, fashioned into his own rigorous, expressive voice. From Kirchner’s early Little Suite for piano (1949) to his last piece, “The Forbidden” (2006), in its version as the Piano Sonata No. 3, the music is alluring, pungent and intelligent, especially in these fine performances, most of them featuring the impressive pianist Joel Fan.”
“…even when he was not explicitly setting text, Kirchner had a sense of literary discourse through which his music would get beyond the more “mathematical” abstractions that composers like Anton Webern inspired in Kirchner’s contemporaries. This music definitely deserves the attention of serious listeners…”
Revelations is an interesting overview of Kirchner’s music… Pianist Joel Fan, who performs on all but one of selections, is an admirable interpreter of this music. His sympathetic readings bring its emotional content to the fore.
It has a nicely chosen cross-section of solo piano works, songs, and choral works spanning the years 1943-2006. There is quite understandably development and stylistic enrichment to be heard in Kirchner’s music over time. ..In the end we have a judicious survey of some choice small works that piques the interest, heightens appreciation of Kirchner the man and the composer, and satisfies the modern-seeking musical consciousness. Performances are very good, as is sound quality. Recommended!
Lisa Kirchner’s songs in Umbrellas In Mint are pure poetry…There are singer-songwriters aplenty, good ones and some not so good. Lisa Kirchner isn’t good. Lisa Kirchner is great. The woman is a poet. Her lyrics demand attention, and the fact that she sets them in a variety of elegant melodies puts her in the same class with the best of the singer/poets. And besides that, she can sing. Her voice has the kind of classic purity that does full justice to her remarkable lyrics”
Umbrellas is an exhilarating escapade, a collection of songs wrought for a stage musical yet to be put beneath the lights…”
“Serving up her first platter of all-original material , the dusky-voiced Kirchner reaches a new apex, pairing poetry as densely atmospheric as Mitchell’s or Waits’ with melodies that reflect her longstanding cosmopolitan flair, and melding influences as varied as Brel, Brecht, Weill, Gershwin, Becker and Fagen…All in all, Umbrellas is an exhilarating crazy quilt.”
Drawing from jazz, Broadway, cabaret and Great American Songbook influences, Kirchner presents a dozen outstanding originals. They’re rich in diversity, imagery and emotion”.
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