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The Art of Dance

by Molly Knight

Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. French Suite No.5 in G Major: 1. Allemande
3:08 $0.99
2. French Suite No.5 in G Major: 2. Courante
2:00 $0.99
3. French Suite No.5 in G Major: 3. Sarabande
4:54 $0.99
4. French Suite No.5 in G Major: 3. Gavotte
1:12 $0.99
5. French Suite No.5 in G Major: 5. Bourée
1:33 $0.99
6. French Suite No.5 in G Major: 6. Louree
2:05 $0.99
7. French Suite No.5 in G Major: 7. Gigue
3:38 $0.99
8. Holberg Suite: 1. Prelude
3:10 $0.99
9. Holberg Suite: 2. Sarabande
3:19 $0.99
10. Holberg Suite: 3. Gavotte
3:14 $0.99
11. Holberg Suite: 4. Air
4:35 $0.99
12. Holberg Suite: 5. Rigaudon
3:30 $0.99
13. Spanish Dances: 1. Allegro – Andante
2:25 $0.99
14. Spanish Dances: 2. Orientale: Andante
4:11 $0.99
15. Spanish Dances: 7. Allegro Airoso
4:35 $0.99
16. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales: 1. Modéré
1:24 $0.99
17. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales: 2. Assez lent
2:03 $0.99
18. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales: 3. Modéré
1:29 $0.99
19. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales: 4. Assez animé
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20. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales: 5. Presque lent
1:15 $0.99
21. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales: 6. Vif
0:42 $0.99
22. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales: 7. Moins vif
3:04 $0.99
23. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales: 8. Épilogue: Lent
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Michael E. Schmitt

Little lady, big sound
How many more fine pianists do they have out there in Seattle? We can right away add Molly Knight to the list. This city gives new evidence every year of being a real piano city. Great performance, great engineering, big Boesendorfer sound. Authentic performances of composers from Bach to Ravel.

Wildy Haskell

How To Teach Your Piano To Dance
Molly Knight is a world-renowned pianist with piano performance degrees from the Cincinnati Conservatory Of Music and the University Of Washington. She has studied with such renowned teachers as Gaby Casadesus, Bela Siki, Elizabeth Pridonoff and Jacques Rouvier. Along the way, Knight won the Diplome de Virtuosite at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where she also taught piano. Knight has been cited for her nuance by no less august a publication than Paris’ Le Monde, and has thrilled audiences on two continents both as an accompanist and as a solo concert pianist. In 2009, Knight released her solo album, The Art Of The Dance, crossing three centuries to display her musical depth and ingenuity.

Knight opens The Art Of The Dance with Johan Sebastian Bach's French Suite No. 5 In G Major (BWV 816; 1722-1723), in which her fingers dance with all the joy at the universe that seems to inflect Bach's finest works. Knight has a light touch at the keyboard and uses powerfully dynamic phrasing to highlight every nook and cranny of the opening movement, "Allemande". “Courante” is much more mechanical in sound, although this appears to be more of an artistic choice than a deficit. In the meantime the finger work here is amazing, particularly in Knight's left hand. By the time Knight crests the third movement, "Sarabande", her play has become much more legato and interpretive, while allowing her more emotive tendencies to shine through.

"Gavotte" (Movement 4) is more transitional, sounding like the sort of music you might hear in a movie scene featuring a baroque parlor party. Knight does sound a bit rushed at times both here and in "Bouree" (Movement 5), but it's an inspired rush that seems essential to the mood of the piece. "Louree" (Movement 6) finds Knight stepping back just a bit and interpreting a bit more, adding a refined touch to a sometimes halting and pensive composition. Knight returns to Bach's headlong style of play on "Gigue" (Movement 7), performing the sort of finger acrobatics that cause lesser pianists to retire in shame.

Next she tackles Edvard Grieg's "Holberg Suite, Op. 40" (1884), performed as originally written for solo piano. The "Holberg Suite" was written by Grieg for the bicentennial of playwright Ludvig Holberg's birth, and makes use of 18th century dance forms. Knight imbues the first movement, "Prelude", with power and majesty that are perhaps surprising. "Sarabande" is much the opposite, a quiet, thoughtful piece with a hymn-like mien. What stands out most here and elsewhere on the album is Molly Knight's phrasing, which it is difficult to find sufficient superlatives to describe. "Gavotte" (Movement 3) has a jaunty air, playing like the first blush of spring, while "Air" (Movement 4) has a funereal feel that is palpable. Knight ties it all together with "Rigaudon" (Movement 5), an inspired dance that takes on a life of its own.

Knight's interpretation of 3 movements of Enrique Granados' "Spanish Dances" is technically superb and full of life, but pales in comparison to her reading of Maurice Ravel's "Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales", where she emotes with license both the dark and light in one of Ravel's finest works. Written in 1911, "Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales" combines modernist and impressionist styles in a series of waltzes that may have been Ravel's greatest creative passions. It's apparent that Knight understands this, as her performance of the eight waltzes Ravel wrote under this title is inspired and magical. When this piece first premiered in 1911 it was met with a chorus of catcalls and boos because of the then-ahead of its time use of dissonance as a harmonic construct. Knight makes the most of these moments, playing out each moment of tension for all its worth, thus giving the moments of resolution much greater power when they come.

Pianist Molly Knight takes listeners on quite a tour on The Art Of The Dance, traveling from the Baroque Period up through the nascent days of the twentieth century. The versatility of style and demeanor that Knight displays is manifest, seemingly bringing her Boesendorfer to life. Throughout, it's Knight's phrasing that wins the day, with moments both pensive and passionate ringing so clearly it's as if Knight taught her piano to talk. The Art Of The Dance is an album any serious classical music aficionado will relish, but it's accessible to the novice as well. Prepare to be enthralled by the depth of Molly Knight.

Review written by Wildy Haskell