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.
Smith 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.
His latest release on Brioso is BR155, Piano
Barcarolles, From Venice To The Mississippi. To to listen
to this release, Click
Here to listen to Mr. Smith's CD BR 142 release from Brioso.
Smiths Piano Bench is a regular feature of National Public Radios
The 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
Igor Kipnis, Piano Magazine
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
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