Concert Review: Beth Levin, piano
Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic David Patrick Stearns and Music Web International Critic Bernard Jacobson reviewed Beth Levin's all-Beethoven recital that was presented by PCMS on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8 pm at the American Philosophical Society's Benjamin Franklin Hall.
In his Inquirer review, "Pianist forges into the unknown with Beethoven," Stearns identifies Levin as an artist "settling down with the peaks of the piano literature." He praises her as a pianist who "wasn't afraid to go in over her head." "Particularly in Op. 110," adds Stearns, "you felt the pianist was standing on a precipice, hesitating a bit before diving into the unknown... Her choice of adventure over suaveness created a sense of barely controlled improvisation at times..." Read the full review on Philly.com.
In his piece, "Tackling a Supreme Pianistic Challenge", Jacobson admires Levin's "gracious presence on stage" but finds himself less enamored of her rhythm, which he cites as "distractingly hesitatant... especially in the slow movements." Read the full review on Seen and Heard International.