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USM alum recital praised by Press Herald reviewer

Mark Rossnagel

USM alumnus Mark Rossnagel drew critical praise for a recent piano recital in Portland with works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin.

Portland Press Herald reviewer Allan Kozinn lauded Rossnagel for his insights about the composers..

“The most striking aspect of his Brahms performance was not so much the work’s lyricism – though you could hear it in some of the variations – as its virtuosic heft, which Rossnagel negotiated deftly” Kozinn wrote. “His performance also pointed up an interesting link to the Beethoven: The set’s chordal fourth variation mirrors the opening figure of the Beethoven sonata.

"Organizing programs around conceptual themes can be fun," Kozzin wrote. "But showing connections between works composed decades apart is even better.

Read Kozzin’s full review here.