Romantic Gems

2002
Label: Wellspringe Productions (main website) (mobile website)

Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano

Thirty-two small pieces for the piano composed by Amy Marcy Beach, Alexander Borodin, Teresa Carreno, Cecile Chaminade, Alexander Dubyansky, Enrique Granados, Agathe Backer Grondahl, Alberto Guerrero, Leos Janacek, Jozsef Kossovitz, Edouard Lalo, Mischa Levitzski, Franz Liszt, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Andre Messager, Carl Nielsen, Eduard Poldini, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolay Petrovich Rakov, Clara Wieck Schumann, Cyril Scott, Maria Szymanowska and others.


Delightful Collection a Must Have
"Christina Petrowska Quilico has done music lovers a great service by recording this fascinating collection of twenty-nine `Romantic Gems', choosing from the neglected works of well-known and little appreciated composers from Franz Liszt to Cyril Scott.

"Petrowska's formidable technique and musical imagination meant that any faults in the performances could almost exclusively be found in the dusty scores that she so lovingly brought to life.

"Not surprisingly (given the pianist's well-known affinity for dance), it was her saucy reading of Alberto Guerrero's Tango that stood out in the early tracks and had me wanting to roll back the carpet and find a rose.

"But that is the joy of this wonderful CD" the tried and true with seldom heard, all vying to capture your attention and interest. Why not pick up a copy and have your own fun? Slip it into your player on random and have your guests play name that composer!"

- James Wegg, Jamesweggreview.com
Like a refreshing spring breeze through an open window
"The music on this disc is like a refreshing spring breeze through an open window. Petrowska Quilico plays with an enviable grace and ease, making the most difficult of the works seem effortless....  Petrowska Quilico's pianistic skill is nicely complimented by the benign sound of CBC's Glenn Gould Studio and one of its Steinway D-274's....  This disc brings much enjoyment and would be an excellent choice for a gift."

- John S. Gray, The WholeNote Vol. 8, # 2