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Recent Press

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

Press from Mérida, Mexico

Here are links to feature articles and reviews about Mimi’s performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán and conductor Juan Carlos Lomónaco in Mérida.

Sonará la flauta de Stillman, Iris Margarita Ceballos Alvarado, Diario de Yucatán

Eligió la flauta como su voz, Patricia Garma Montes de Oca, Diario de Yucatán

Perfeccionan sus obras, Clase magistral, Patricia Garma Montes de Oca, Diario de Yucatán

Brilla la magia de la flauta, Jorge H. Álvarez Rendón, Diario de Yucatán

Sorprende con su flauta, Jorge H. Álvarez Rendón, Diario de Yucatán

Mimi Stillman,un dominio técnico que la convierte en maga, Victor Salas, Por Esto!

Great press!


Read the latest reviews and articles about Mimi in the following media:

The New, in Context, for Ear Heart, and Brain by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim in The New York Times

Dolce Suono Plumbs Russia by David Patrick Stearns in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Aviary and Lunar Pleasures from Expert Musicians by Daniele Sahr in Seen and Heard International

Music and the Mother Tongue by Karen Rile in The Penn Gazette

History Lessons by Fred Cohn Chamber Music Magazine’s American Ensemble feature

Review from North Carolina

Click here to see a review of my concerto performance with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and conductor Lorenzo Muti in Durham, North Carolina.

Here is an excerpt from the review by Andrea McKerlie in Classical Voice North Carolina:

“The second half of the concert featured soloist Mimi Stillman, beginning with Saverio Mercadante’s Concerto for flute and strings in E minor. Mercadante was an Italian opera composer who today is virtually unknown. The concerto had a smaller orchestration of strings underneath Stillman, who was very engaged with the rest of the ensemble as she played. She communicated very effectively with Muti when she handed off solos for tuttis, and stayed very enthusiastic throughout her entire performance. The lines were fluid and relaxed, even though at times the solo was so complicated that it sounded like two melodies at the same time.

The concert ended with Czardas for flute and strings by Vittorio Monti, a work that is, as Stillman explained, “Italian with a hint of Gypsy.” Concertmaster Niccolo Muti had intricate solos as introduction and then later as dialogue with the flute. The contrasting sections of the Czardas, named for a traditional Hungarian couples dance, alternated between slow and fast, sounding improvisatory and virtuosic. Stillman’s expression and flair carried this piece and gave it style, ending with a flourish that swept the audience onto its feet.”

“Odyssey” Reviewed in The Flutist Quarterly

I am pleased to share the newest review of “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano,” a 2-CD set on which I perform with Charles Abramovic, piano on Innova Recordings, in The Flutist Quarterly. It was reviewed by Andrea Kapell Loewy in the Fall 2012 issue of this publication, which is the journal of the National Flute Association.

“Odyssey” includes world premiere recordings of works by Mason Bates, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Richard Danielpour, Michael Djupstrom, Katherine Hoover, Daniel Kellogg, Gerald Levinson, David Ludwig, Andrew Rudin, David Bennett Thomas, and Zhou Tian.

The CD is available through Innova Recordings, my website, Amazon, and wherever CDs are sold.