Smith has established himself as a distinctive musical personality. The New York
Times has called his playing eloquent, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung found him a richly sensitive interpreter. Smith especially
enjoys bringing works which have fallen into undeserved neglect to the attention
of the public, through performances, broadcasts, recordings, and publications.
Among Mr. Smiths previous recordings, his CD of Griffes
(Musical Heritage Society MHS 513043K) has won special praise. American Record
Guide called Smith A persuasive, thoughtful interpreter, Stereophile
wrote that he played with consummate understanding and sensitivity,
and High Performance Review that he projected Griffes with complete mastery.
is author of Piano Discoveries (Ekay Music), and editor of Four Early 20th Century
Piano Suties by Black Composers (G. Schirmer), and American Piano Classics (Dover).
He writes regularly for Piano Today, and his articles have appeared in Piano and
Keyboard and Clavier as well.
Joseph Smiths Piano
Bench is a regular feature of National Public Radios Performance Today.
performer's imagination in choosing these sixteen pieces (BR126) is much
to be praised, as is the particularly well-organized listening sequence in which
they have been placed...In the past, I have admired Joseph Smith's feeling for
both Grainger and Grieg (MHS 5121340) as well as his integral collection of Griffes
piano music (MHS 513032). I am pleased to report to having much the same reaction
to this fine American pianist's latest album, which is technically on a high level,
often brilliant in the more demanding display pieces, and tonally quite lovely.
The piano sound is exemplary.
Igor Kipnis, Piano Magazine
The Guion is a gem, as is the Coleridge-Taylor.
Smith is a fine pianist, and Briosos sound leaves little to be desired.
Justin R. Herman, American Record Guide
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