David Northington

Copland: Complete Solo Piano Works, Vol. 1 review - allmusic.com [here]

"Mr. Northington is a thoroughly equipped pianist with a finely developed technique joined to a probing and poetic musical sensibility. All the works on his program were given elegantly refined yet refreshingly spontaneous interpretations. He is an immensely gifted musician."

- The New York Times

"Northington revealed his introspective pianism and flowing lyricism in Haydn's 'Andante and Variations in f minor'. Later in the Brahms 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Haydn', Northington exhibited his enormous technical prowess and his imaginative ability to sustain an elongated variation form."

- Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Northington's control of the technical aspect of the Schumann Concerto was immediately apparent. The soloist demonstrated a superb touch, sense of musical phrase, and tonal coloration."

- The Oak Ridger (Tennessee)

"Northington demonstrated a refined musical sensitivity and incisive musical intellect. Without a doubt, Northington's performance of the Copland's masterpiece is the finest I have heard to date. His wide tonal palette and broad rhythmic gestures evoked an exotic and unifying sensuality here... Northington's technique sparkled with precision and focus."

- New Haven Register

"Northington is a pianist with fine technique and remarkable artistic maturity...outstanding interpretive qualities. The piece of greatest interest was the debut of Morton Gould's 'Patterns 5-8', written especially for this tour. Very well-written and excellently performed, Northington played it with conviction and had a decided success."

- Diario 16 (Madrid)

"Northington proved to be a consummate musician with technical development and sensitivity which refrain from succumbing to sentimentality... He was widely applauded and received a well-earning ovation."

- Hola (Madrid)

"Northington displayed perfect taste through a clear execution and lovely, pearl-like sonorities (Scarlatti)... An excellent interpretation on both the technical and the music level (Liszt: 'Funerailles')... Splendidly performed by the pianist (Copland: Piano Variations)."

- Intermezzo (Paris)

"An extraordinarily gifted musician, David Northington has just given two concerts in France, proving himself to be an exceptional interpreter of Scarlatti, Liszt, Chopin and contemporary American music.

-Le Peche du Midi (Toulouse)

"In addition to being an excellent cultural diplomat, Northington also lived up to his billing as a consummate keyboard artist... He quickly established a warp rapport with his audiences. In addition, the Scarlatti was graceful, the Copland energetic, the Beethoven gravely beautiful, and the Liszt emphatic and lyrical... A marvelous pianist."

- The Minister of Culture (Lisbon)

"The Macon Symphony opened its season with the much heralded return of native David Northington in a performance of Aram Khachaturian's Piano Concerto. Adriam Gnam had a worthy colleague in Northington: the playing was electrifying and called to mind the grand tradition of Russian pianism. He captured the poetry - Eastern, sensuous, mysterious - in the first cadenza and in the Andante, but he lacked none of the brilliant virtuosity wanted in the third movement cadenza and had power to spare for the crashing explosion of the finale. A tremendous ovation greeted the Concerto's conclusion."

- Macon Telegraph & News

"David Northington, who played an unusual and satisfying collection of music at Alice Tully Hall Sunday afternoon, is a pianist of considerable promise. For each of his pieces (Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven Bagatelles, Copland Variations, Liszt tone poems, Quincy Porter Sonata), Mr. Northington could set a stage, light it deftly and then make the listener interested in what transpired therein."

- The New York Times