January 5, 2018
Licad’s CD earns Grammy nomination for producer Sherman

The second volume of pianist Cecile Licad’s latest CD of American composers earned for Grammy awardee Judith Sherman another nomination as Producer of the Year in the 60th Grammy Awards to be held in New York on Jan. 28...

...After initial hearing of selected pieces on Spotify, praises have started coming out on Facebook. One Licad fan named Hadeza Cabaddu singled out the rendition of Gottschalk’s La chûte des feuilles as truly amazing it left her teary eyed over and over again.

“The rest of the pieces are exquisitely played like the works of George Crumb which I found very profound and nakakakilabot (hair-raising). Thank you Cecile Licad for the exalting and mystical experience,” Cabaddu said on FB.

Gramophone reviews the latest Licad recording thus: “With all of my concentration on the music, I realize that I haven’t mentioned Licad’s performances. That’s probably because her authoritative yet flexible pianism adapts to the various styles with idiomatic ease. She understands Crumb’s textural fragility, she confidently sails through Mason’s glittering runs, she parses Beach’s stunning modulations with perfect timing, she minimizes Ornstein’s tendency to ramble and she brings just the right lift to Lamb’s gentle syncopations. In other words, you hear the music first, the pianism second, and that’s a good sign, not to mention the excellent engineering and annotations.”

 

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