JOHN BROWNING EDITION - VOL I [JFK ASSASINATION]Recorded the Evening of the Assasination of President Kennedy
Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert
JOHN BROWNING, piano
Recorded At the College of William & Mary On November 22, 1963
REVIEWS"Can music heal cataclysmic tragedies? Witness a fascinating new CD of the distinguished Denver-born American pianist John Browning. In a live recital at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, a few hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963, Browning announces to the audience that he was asked by the college’s president to go ahead with the recital, and explains that he’s changed the program. He asks the audience to rise for a Bach chorale, dedicated to the memory of the late president. The ensuing fiery music, by Chopin and Schubert, is played with ideal emotion and rugged grace. The music’s life-affirming, exalting nature seems to affect the silent audience, which respects Browning’s request for no applause. At the end of the concert, we hear the poignant sound of his footsteps going offstage, after having created a brief interlude of artistic meditation to help heal listeners."
Spirituality & Health - July 2006
"...patient phrasing and heartfelt projection...purposeful sweep and steel-wristed authority...technically staggering...moving, communicative music-making."
Classics Today - February 2006
"The ...program contains some of the most melting interpretations of Chopin which Browning ever inscribed..."
Audiophile Audition, 2005
PROGRAM NOTESThe 4-Disc JOHN BROWNING EDITION has been created with the support of the Estate of John Browning, family, friends and colleagues. The performances featured have been taken from the private recording collection of John Browning, and date back to his youngest days as a performer. The archival recordings from which these discs come have been painstakingly remastered by Richard Price and Wayne Hileman of Candlewood Digital using the very latest sound restoration means available.
J. Browning comments on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
CHORALE PRELUDE: Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
FANTASY IN F MINOR, OP.49
MAZURKA IN F MINOR, OP. 63 NO.2
MAZURKA IN F MINOR, OP. 68 NO.4
SONATA NO.2 IN B-FLAT MINOR, OP.35
IMPROMPTU IN A-FLAT MAJOR, OP.142, NO.2