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LUCIAN PLESSNER
Bernstein’s Anniversaries are dedicated to members of his family and close friends but they are not character studies so much as musical test beds, embryos, where ideas that in many cases were later worked out into more elaborate forms make their first public appearance. 
Because of their fragmentary nature the Anniversaries are rarely scheduled by concert pianists but in Lucian Plessner’s lucid transcriptions for guitar they form a surprisingly attractive kaleidoscope of Bernstein’s musical thinking.
Plessner’s transcriptions from Bernstein’s more popular theatre works, notably Mass, Candide and West Side Story, are immensely attractive. They capture the spirit of the originals yet sound completely at home on the guitar.“
Humphrey Burton, former first head of music and arts department of BBC television.
Film director (over 150 filmed concerts including the Vienna Philharmonic) and biographer of Leonard Bernstein and Yehudi Menuhin.
“…es gelingt Plessner bei jedem einzelnen Stück, eine ganz eigene Stimmung aufzubauen, die den Geist des Komponisten spiegelt…nicht die virtuosen “schnellen Finger” rückt der Arrangeur und Interpret hier in der Vordergrund, sondern das filigrane Gespür für die genaue Erfassung des schöpferischen Gedankens.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“…Lucian Plessner (stellte sich) mit einem Solorezital vor, das sich durch stupende Virtuosität und angeborene Musikalität auszeichnete, wie sie in diesem Maße nur den ganz großen Künstlern zur Verfügung steht.”

Oberhessische Zeitung

“Du hast etwas Wunderbares gemacht, etwas Einzigartiges. Du wirst nicht kopiert werden, weil es keiner kann.”

Alexis Weissenberg

“…pregno dell’abilità e sensibilità () un bravissimo chitarrista.”

Giovanni Palombo

“I enjoyed Lucian Plessner’s recital to the utmost. His arrangements of Bernstein’s music are so tastefull.”

Sid Ramin, arranger and composer, orchestrator of West Side Story

 “It works very well…as it is paired down to just the bare musical ideas, it is better than the full score.”

US blog on Leonard Bernstein

“Veo que has tomado hasta los más intimos matices, que te hacen parecer a un argetnino norteño de pura cepa. Creo que ya no podré tocar en Alemania estando vos allí; “yo” ya no hago falta.”

Eduardo Falú, Buenos Aires

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