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Mimi’s recording “Freedom” with Charles Abramovic, piano and premieres by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, David Finko, and Richard Danielpour (with Yumi Kendall, cello, in the Danielpour) continues to receive fantastic reviews.

Among the recent accolades for the album and Dolce Suono Ensemble:

  • Interview and Review of “Freedom” and Dolce Suono Ensemble in the Huffington Post by Lew Whittington

Stillman and Abramovic, the core players of DSE, have been performing together for 14 years, their stellar artistic clarity and chemistry is palpable onstage and is vividly captured on their recent recording “Freedom” (recorded in Gould Hall) a collection of flute and piano pieces.”

  • Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “The Americas Project / Musica en tus Manos” review in The Philadelphia Inquirer by David Patrick Stearns

“So much of this music simply invites you to enjoy life. But that enjoyment starts with the musicians, who were in the right zone.”

“Freedom” ranks highly on Billboard’s classical charts

Mimi Stillman’s new CD “Freedom” (Innova Recordings) with premiere recordings by Richard Danielpour, David Finko, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg, ranked highly on Billboard‘s classical charts!  In this recording of music for the triumph of artistic freedom and the human spirit, Mimi is joined by longtime duo pianist Charles Abramovic, and in the Danielpour, cellist Yumi Kendall.

Visit album page at Innova here. Purchase at Amazon here or iTunes here.

Here are some early media coverage and rave reviews for “Freedom”:

Tablet Magazine’s Vox podcast. Listen to Mimi talk about “Freedom”:
“Stillman’s great technical ability and use of color creates a powerful experience for the listener… the duo of Stillman and Abramovic has been working together for 14 years and their sensitive, passionate playing plumbs the depths of sorrow and inspiration.” 
Jonathan S. Tobin, The New York Sun
“Gravitas for flute. . .likely to expand the flute repertoire with works that defy the stereotypical emotional limitations of wind instruments.”
– David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Mimi Stillman brings tremendous brilliance, authority, as well as nuance to her playing. Accolades go to her stellar collaborators too: pianist Charles Abramovic, whose partnership with Stillman makes for a hand-in-glove match.”
Shulamit Ran, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
“An invaluable disc, beautifully played and beautifully recorded”
Steven Stucky, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
“Not only do they [Stillman and Abramovic] find just the right rhythmic balance, but even their tones interact in a lovely way, with Stillman’s always fresh, tightly focused sound finding a welcome embrace in Abramovic’s multi-hued tonality.”
Peter Burwasser, Broad Street Review
Stillman1.Freedom CD cover Innova Recordings

New CD: “Freedom” release October 30

Stillman1.Freedom CD cover Innova Recordings

Mimi’s new CD “Freedom” with Charles Abramovic, piano will be released October 30 by Innova Recordings. This groundbreaking album contains three premiere recordings: Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s newly rediscovered 1947 Five Pieces for Flute and Piano, and two Dolce Suono Ensemble commissions by David Finko and Richard Danielpour (with Yumi Kendall, cello). This compelling recording is a testament to the triumph of artistic freedom and the human spirit.

Click here for Innova Recordings page.

Click here to pre-order at Amazon.

Click here to pre-order at iTunes.

Syrinx Journey Day 268: “Syrinx” with “Chansons madécasses”

I am happy that just two days after we closed our Dolce Suono Ensemble season devoted to Debussy, I am practicing more wonderful music from my next concert, Ravel’s Chansons madécasses. Tomorrow, I begin rehearsals with baritone Brian Ming Chu, cellist Priscilla Lee, and pianist Charles Abramovic. Here is Syrinx surrounded by lines from the third movement of the Ravel.

 

Syrinx Journey Day 245: “Syrinx” after “Debussy and the Baroque” Concert

We played an exciting concert yesterday: “Debussy and the Baroque” on my Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents home series in Philadelphia. I am fortunate to make music with wonderful colleagues – Anthony Newman, harpsichord, Nathan Vickery, cello, Burchard Tang, viola, Elizabeth White Clark, harp, Jonathan Blumenfeld, oboe, and Shelley Showers, horn – in a program of Rameau, Couperin, Debussy, Stucky, and Newman. We performed Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp but I didn’t slip Syrinx onto the program, which was quite full of music, so I played my daily Syrinx after the concert.