Review praises Magdalena for "elegance and vibrancy"


An excerpt from the review in Classical Voice America


Charles Fox, who, during his lucrative period as songwriting partner to lyricist Norman Gimbel, composed “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” started as a Fontainebleau student and is now faculty. During the concert’s second half, he conducted the Orchestre de Chambre du Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau in the U.S. premiere of his Fantasie (Hommage à Chopin), a duo concerto for piano (played with elegance and vibrancy by Magdalena Baczewska) and clarinet (McGonnell, who expressed sly humor in her phrasing). The work’s rousing jazz rhythms and nostalgia for the golden age of Hollywood made it seem more like a tribute to George Gershwin than to Chopin.