This brilliant new American work combines dynamic rhythmic energy with soaring Romanticism, winning raves from audiences and musicians nation-wide.
“Will a composer’s new music hold up for the long term? If popularity with audiences is one of the criteria, then Knoxville Symphony Orchestra conductor and composer Lucas Richman’s brand new “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth,” which made its world premiere Thursday at the Tennessee Theatre with pianist Jeffrey Biegel as the moral protagonist, certainly qualified…The first movement had thick, rich textures and pulsating rhythms, offset by an introspective, lovely melody in the piano that had whiffs of Rachmaninoff. Biegel, who clearly loved playing this piece, played it brilliantly throughout. But nowhere was he better than in the gorgeous piano solo that opened the second movement and dissolved into jazzy syncopations in the orchestra. In the third movement, Biegel’s tender, delicate playing of another solo set up more contrasts with the orchestra.”
– Knoxville News-Sentinel
“…But the newest and most exciting musical adventure of the evening was Richman’s own original composition — “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth,” with guest pianist Jeffery Biegel…With a very bluesy Gershwin-esque theme running through it, the composition was multi-layered and textured; at times melodic and romantic at other times dissonant, dramatic, challenging and fragmented with so much going on — including some clattering percussives — it was easy to lose one’s way. That seemed to be the point, actually, and let’s face it, who hasn’t been there.
But again and again, Richman returns to his core theme…and it was like seeing a light through the forest leading us back to something familiar and safe. Biegel’s commanding piano also was a well-lit pathway through this lovely, evocative piece and both he and the composer received a well-earned standing ovation as did the whole orchestra for interpreting this and the evening’s other compositions played so beautifully.”
– The Ellsworth American, October 1, 2015
“The soul of Sunday’s concert was Richman’s own “In Truth,” written for pianist Jeffrey Biegel. The composer might not have intended the three movements — To One’s Self, To One’s World and To One’s Spirit — to be experienced as “The Ages of Man,” but concertgoers may have experienced that way…Biegel inhabited this music as if he had written it himself. The pianist and orchestra intricately wove Richman’s composition into a vivid tapestry that wrapped the audience in the truth of what it means to be a human navigating the world.”
– Bangor Daily News, October 1, 2015