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January 10, 1982

1982, January 10. Vassar pianist Todd Crow’s New York solo debut, in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, was, said The New York Times, “unusually serious, intelligent and thought-provoking.”

Vassar pianist Todd Crow’s made his New York solo debut in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center. His program included Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 101, and former Vassar professor Ernst Krenek’s Piano Sonata No. 4. Other works in the program were: Liszt’s “Nuages Gris” and “Les Jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este”; Debussy’s La terrace d’audiences du clair de lune, Ondine and Feux d’artifice and Bartók’s suite, Out of Doors.

Writing in The New York Times, music critic Bernard Holland called the recital “unusually serious, intelligent and thought-provoking,” observing, the “program was chosen with care, and Mr. Crow’s playing was at all times equal to his taste in music.” Of Crow’s handling of “two of Debussy’s most mysterious Preludes—‘La terrace d’audiences du clair de lune,’ and the neglected ‘Ondine’—plus the more extroverted and more popular ‘Feux d’artifice,’” Holland observed, “here Mr. Crow observed Debussy’s rhythmic delicacies with Mozartean care. The first two preludes were magical.”

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