Winston Choi Performs Mikhashoff & Ravel
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Winston Choi offers splendid performances of two major works for piano.

Pianist and composer Yvar Mikhashoff had an international performing career that led him to promote new music and American music around the world. He organized many festivals and broadcasts throughout the world, notably at the Almeida Theater in London and De Ijsbreker in Amsterdam. Mikhashoff was one of the founders of the North American New Music Festival in Buffalo and its co-director, with Jan Williams, for 11 years. The Canadian pianist Winston Choi offers splendid performances of Mikhashoff's Elemental Figures and Ravel's Gaspard. The parallel design of Ravel's work and Mikhashoff's is multi-faceted and extensive. Both are trilogies that are associated with poetry and the tempos and the structure of both works are similar.
Maurice Ravel, composer
Gaspard de la Nuit
Winston Choi, piano

Yvar Mikhashoff, composer
Elemental Figures
Winston Choi, piano

"While I was impressed by Choi's fleet-fingered 'Gaspard', it is the Mikhashoff that I want to focus on. ...there is a mystical and hypnotic effect from these three movements. Winston Choi, known for his tackling difficult contemporary music, gives a marvelously evocative performance." (Scott Morrison)

"Choi's technique is astonishingly fluent, enabling him to render Ravel's perfumed sonorities with seeming ease. ...Choi is simply superb here, constantly emphasizing the unpredictability of Mikhashoff's writing while reveling in the music's demands." (Fanfare)