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Christopher 1 Taylor Christopher Professor Johnson SP12 MUH100 SEC3 April 24, 2012 Concert Report #3 For my third concert report, I attended Philip Dannels piano recital on Monday, April 23, 7:30p.m. Dannels, a student currently enrolled at Point Loma Nazarene University, performed at Crill Performance Hall of the Cooper Music Center on Point Loma Nazarene University’s cam- pus in San Diego, California. Considered as the best PLNU student pianist the department of mu- sic has ever witnessed, Dannels entertained his audience for 45 minutes (approximately finishing at 8:15p.m.) with three fantastic, yet difficult pieces of music. The pieces included J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 841, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Etudes Tableaux, Op. 39 (Et- ude V, in E-flat Minor; Etude IV, in A Minor), and Franz Lizst’s “Mephisto” Waltz, no. I, S. 514. To conclude his recital, Dannels performed an additional piece in which he claimed inspired his love for the piano. The title of this piece was not addressed. A small feast also followed the con-
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Unformatted text preview: cert. Dannels’s recital was brilliant. I would assume that most spectators with no social rela-tions to Dannels would infer that he was a professional. He exhibited his talent and versatility with rapid keyboard figurations, unconventional hand positions, and wide leaps for the fingers in pieces frequently fluctuating in emotion and tempo. Dannels received a standing ovation from the majority of the audience at the conclusion of his last piece. The most enjoyable aspect of his concert was certainly his range on the piano. On the contrary, the least enjoyable aspect in my opinion was his song choice. Although they were a great selection to display his capability on the Christopher 2 piano, I would have preferred pieces more cheery and upbeat rather than solemn and intense. However, after hearing Philip Dannels conquer these challenging numbers and observing his elite skill on the piano, I have no doubt he will be performing at the next level....
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  • Spring '12
  • CraigJohnson
  • Frédéric Chopin, Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma Nazarene, Loma Nazarene University, 30p.m. Dannels

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