News & Reviews

Review: Frédéric Chopin: Piano Music; David Korevaar, piano – MSR Classics, Gramophone, December 2016

“Given David Korevaar’s penchant for putting together interesting and cohesive concert programmes, it’s not surprising that his all-Chopin disc embraces many moods and styles. Indeed, Korevaar’s first selection, the C minor Nocturne, Op 48 No 1, runs the emotional gamu between its stark mezza voce opening and the middle section’s tumultuous octave outbursts, helped by the pianist’s full-bodied sonority and huge dynamic range…

Korevaar sheds fresh and often unconventional light on the G minor (First) Ballade. The opening theme’s myriad repetitions markedly differ, yet are inevitably unified, while the pianist brings uncommon melodic clarity to the rapid fioritura and heroic virtuoso patterns…This revelatory interpretation alone is worth the disc’s price.”  | full review

Review: Frédéric Chopin: Piano Music; David Korevaar, piano – MSR Classics, Fanfare Magazine, Nov/Dec 2016

“Korevaar’s album is a textbook case of how much is to be gained by having Chopin played by a pianist in his artistic maturity. It’s not just the greater consideration and emotional substance to be heard in the interpretations. It even affects something as distinctive as tone…Throughout this CD one hears Korevaar weighing his chords so that he creates a tone always suitable to the substance of the music. If you want to see what this both sounds and looks like, I strongly recommend Korevaar’s YouTube concert video of Mozart’s 25th Piano Concerto, with the pianist conducting the Shonan Chamber Orchestra…The CD’s sound engineering is excellent…I would recommend it to anyone for whom Chopin is not a momentary melodic gratification, but rather a deeply considered condensation of reality. It ain’t kid stuff.” | full review


Review: Frédéric Chopin: Piano Music; David Korevaar, piano – MSR Classics,, October 2016

“The dreamy, tranquil side of Chopin finds Korevaar in especially fine form: try the lovely aforementioned D-flat major Nocturne and notice how the pianist’s rich velvety tone and tender phrasing seem to make the music float serenely in heavenly skies. Indeed, and the three Mazurkas are also played quite convincingly: the G major and A-flat major Mazurkas are given hearty, colorful treatments – appropriately so, but the darker C-sharp minor Mazurka, while elegant and stately throughout, has a lovely wistful quality, again thanks to the pianist’s wide-ranging dynamics, as well as his unerring sense in grasping the emotional character of the music.”  | full review


David Korevaar named a 2016 Distinguished Research Lecturer at the CU College of Music

The Distinguished Research Lectureship is among the highest honors bestowed by the faculty on a faculty member at CU Boulder. Each year, the Research & Innovation Office requests nominations from faculty for this award, and a faculty review panel recommends one faculty member as a recipient. 2016 honorees are David Korevaar (Music) and Thomas T. Veblen (Geography). David will be giving a lecture, “The score is alive….with the sound of music,” on February 24, 2017, 4-6:30 PM at Grusin Music Hall, University of Colorado Boulder.


SCHUBERT-180x180Review: SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas in G, D 894; in A, D 959; David Korevaar – MSR Classics,, September 2016

“Korevaar captures the serenity in the opening movement of the G major sonata (D. 894) with a mesmerizing, silken tone, making Schubert sound more richly Romantic than is usual. The playful music later on conveys an infectious joy…In the end, one must observe that Korevaar’s performances arguably have as much subtlety, color and character as most of the better efforts.” full review