Eric Himy
Reviews

Marc-Henri Cykiert


Eric Himy belongs to that school of virtuoso musicians who extend their skills and musical awareness by going through the same process as the composer when he writes or orchestrates music, the art of transcription. His world premiere recording of his own personal transcription of Rhapsody in Blue is based on GERSHWIN's original unpublished manuscript and contains sections of music that were later cut off by publishers.


Now, almost 80 years later, we have a unique piano rendition closest to the original intentions of the composer. The piano plays its own part and the orchestra, with its many shades and intricate tone colours. In An American in Paris(transcription: Eric Himy) , you can hear that the performer-transcriber has managed to capture the moods, the sounds, and the swing that Gershwin instilled in his orchestral score, with a real life experience dimension since Eric Himy lived himself as an artist in Paris for a while.


The amazing Porgy and Bess rendition for piano of epic stature, is the work of the great virtuoso pianist-transcriber, Mr. Earl Wild, who inspired Eric Himy and to whom this recording is dedicated. The rest of the program is made of six of Gershwin's hit songs transcribed by Mr. Wild in a subtle and virtuosic manner, in the form of short studies for piano, at the same time musically interesting to listen to and challenging for the performer.


Marc-Henri Cykiert