Another stellar review for Vytautas Smetona’s music is in, this time from the distinguished New York Classical Review. The following is an excerpt from the review:
Smetona’s playing was full of physical energy and the sensation of a restless intellectual and emotional life—-as if the long layoff left him full of thoughts that now gushed forth, just on the fine edge of control. The Beethoven sonata was not just impassioned but, at times, on the edge of violence and frenzy. Smetona played the introduction with a feeling of brittle tension, then began smashing out the chords. This is not to say that all he did was play loud and fast—he is capable of a broad range of dynamics, speed, and power—but that his manner of play and thought best expressed themselves with a kind of controlled fury.
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