Features

A Tempo with Rachel Katz, October 8, 2016
Rachel Katz interviews Carolyn Enger and composer Bruce Adolphe.

Englewood pianist presents multimedia piece on her father’s wartime experiences

September 14, 2017
"Concert pianist Carolyn Enger…has created a unique performance piece…”
—Abigail Klein Leichman

Descendant of ‘mischling’ delves into Jewish past

February 20, 2017
"Uses music to tell her family’s story"
—Alan Richman

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear:
Ned Rorem

May 27, 2016
"She displays lovely control of these delicate sonorities, with careful attention to balance and registration." —Daniel Asia

Times Critics’ Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013

December 19, 2013
Carolyn Enger's CD "Ned Rorem: Piano Album 1 - Six Friends” is named one of The New York Times Critics' Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013

Gramophone Magazine

February 2014
Review on Ned Rorem: Piano Album 1, Six Friends Carolyn Enger (piano) (Naxos)

American Record Guide

March/April 2014
Review on Ned Rorem: Piano Album 1, Six Friends Carolyn Enger (piano) (Naxos)

The Arts Desk

July 4, 2014
“… Carolyn Enger's quiet confidence serves the composer well. There's a refreshing informality about this disc, as if someone's just pressed the record button and let Enger get on with it. … Remarkable, accessible music.” —Graham Rickson

Artist Showcase
on Musical Ameria

May 2015

Audiophile Audition

July 23, 2014
Reviews on ROREM: Piano Album No. 1 = Piano Album I; Six Friends – Carolyn Enger, piano – Naxos 8.559761, 51:11 (10/29/13) ****

MusicWeb International

January 14, 2014
“The pianist here, Carolyn Enger, plays with a highly sympathetic approach to the delicate phrasing required to emphasise the gentle nature of these pieces.” —Steve Arloff

Musical Toronto

November 3, 2013
Carolyn Enger's CD "Ned Rorem: Piano Album 1 - Six Friends” Reviewed by John Terauds

Time Out New York

October 23, 2013
Naxos’s newly released CD of Rorem’s Piano Album (1978–2001) and Six Friends (2006–07). These collections of short, tenderly reflective piano pieces are played beautifully and insightfully by Carolyn Enger.

WNYC: Fishko Files

October 17, 2013
Mentioned the CD in a program on Ned’s Birthday

MusicWeb International

August 10, 2010
Review of “In Evening Air” CD

Fanfare Magazine

November 2009
Review of “In Evening Air” CD

Press Quotes

"She displays lovely control of these delicate sonorities, with careful attention to balance and registration. Her touch is gentle but penetrating, reaching down into the sound, and her rhythmic sense is spot on for this delicate music, as she is often behind the beat- a little lazy and droll, with rubato just right. This music doesn’t tell how virtuosic she is-as it rarely requires that kind of kinetic demonstration-but it does show that she has a huge heart and exquisite taste."
Daniel Asia
Huffington Post

“Thank you for the wonderful performance of my music.”
Ned Rorem

“This year the classical music critics of The New York Times had plenty of options when selecting their favorite recordings of 2013….“Among the 90th Birthday tributes this year to the essential American composer Ned Rorem, this recording especially stands out. The fine pianist Carolyn Enger plays Mr. Rorem’s complete Piano Album l, a collection of tender yet pungent miniatures written for friends, intimates and personal occasions from 1978-2001.”
Anthony Tommasini
Chief Music Critic of The New York Times

“She is a musician of rare quality, whose pianistic sensitivity is at once in evidence.”
Avron Coleman
Cellist-NY Philharmonic

“Lavishing tone and sensitive, nuanced, thoughtful unhurried timeless playing.”
Robert Schulslaper
Fanfare Magazine-Review of “In Evening Air” CD

 “Some discs are just needed…expressively played set of piano miniatures…from the first note it creates an intimate evening mood…her playing is thoughtful and sensitive…expressive, yet without external pressure: the expressivity comes from the music itself; the pianist only opens the doors to let it out…She plays with fine nuance and tone-shading…World Premiere recording of the Rorem set and the presentation is faultless…Enger’s playing reminded me of Mitsuko Uchida…it applies that same level of concentrated attention to each single note and demonstrates admiration for each precious sound, unhurried, timeless…This disc has already magically transformed my evenings…Absolute pleasure.
Oleg Ledeniov
MusicWeb-International-Review of “In Evening Air” CD

“Impeccable sense of timing…Clear tone and graceful naivety…Enger can be commended for her taste in music…There is much novelty to delight in…"
American Record Guide
Review of “In Evening Air” CD

“Ms. Enger is a sensitive communicative musician…performs with great personal warmth and involvement…possesses an appealing, lyrical musical personality…Her interpretations are always sophisticated, insightful and deeply felt. Her love of music and dedication to excellence are abundantly clear.”
Marc Silverman, DMA
Piano Department Chairman, Manhattan School of Music

“I enjoyed your playing very much. Your approach and interpretation are full of charm, if I may say so, and all of them are being dealt with much depth and tenderness.”
Gilad Hochman
Composer

“Thank you for the excellent piano recital…you played a marvelous program beautifully to a very appreciative and complimentary audience. It was a pleasure to have such a talented pianist perform on our series.”
Anne Hofmann
Chief Librarian, New York Public Library

“The YM-YWHA of North jersey was extremely fortunate to have pianist Carolyn Enger perform on our series...Her program was very well received and left the audience in complete awe of her passion, skill and genuine warmth…an extraordinary musician.”
Cheryl Wylen
Cultural Arts Director, YM-YWHA

 

“Your interpretation brings great sensitivity to his poetic works for this instrument.”(Referring to my CD on Naxos Records American Classics, “Ned Rorem: Piano Album l”.)
James Dowell
Director of “Ned Rorem: Word and Music,” Symbiosis Films

“Wonderful concert, ...enthusiastic response, …audience enjoyed and appreciated it!  The program was so varied and challenging – it accentuated your considerable talent beautifully, something for everyone….  We are so lucky to have such a talented performer right here in Teaneck – who needs to go into the city? … An enjoyable afternoon of good music.”

“The Brahms sonata was particularly beautiful, played with depth and feeling.”

“The audience was most appreciative of the pieces you selected to play, both the more traditional and the works from new composers…they appreciated your beautifully orchestrated and performed concert…nice rapport with the audience…we enjoyed having you…thank you for a beautiful afternoon of music.”
Carol Anderson
Program Coordinator, Teaneck Public Library, Teaneck, NJ

“Thank you for the very lovely concert…Your music was the perfect cure…Your narrative between pieces was extremely well received…Thank you for sharing your talent and music.”
Jon Warms
Councilman, Borough of Tenafly

“Ms. Enger has been an overwhelming success…her expertise, vitality and connection with the audience has made her a popular performer in Fort Lee.”
Bill Camal
Program Coordinator, Fort Lee Library

“Tender and wistful.”
Jonathan Sternberg
Film, Theater and Dance Composer

“High Quality, loved your selection, playing was beautiful, still talking about you the following day.”
 Sherry Marks
Activities Coordinator, Brown Gardens, New York, NY

 

Additional comments by audience members:

“Played from the heart, full of feeling, we felt connected to you…“It was a pleasure. Excellent selections…“You are fantastic….“I have never heard such beautiful Brahms…”Your playing brought tears to my eyes, it moved me so much…“Gorgeous patina, Incredible playing, Musically on the highest level…“Wonderful program, Wonderful you! Thank You…“Fabulous…”Your piano renditions held us all in thrall, truly inspiring…“Excellent Performance!...“You have golden fingers…“Beautiful! Your playing of the piano is an inspiration…“It was the best concert I ever heard.”

This video contains one beautiful painting and needs nothing more, since Carolyn Enger's playing of Copland's piece is the ultimate completion for it. She takes you through the peaceful but very mysterious landscape of the painting and the musical notes in a delightful and deep way, so that you actually feel surrounded by the "Evening Air".

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