|"Richard Dowling is an especially impressive, fine pianist."
-- The New York Times
"Dazzling technical equipment is obviously still a marked requirement of the
American school of piano-playing, judging by the playing of Richard Dowling...
discriminating artistry...Liszt that had the authentic sparkle and wit."
-- The Pretoria News (South Africa)
"Capturing the true essence of Chopin, Richard Dowling conveys the poetry in the
works. Here, clearly, is a pianist of high ideals as he approached every work on the
programme with utmost attention to detail in balance, phrasing and pedalling.
More importantly, his efficient technique was unfailingly musical and even the
most daunting technical passages were transformed into objects of beauty. Dowling
had something personal to say and impressed with impeccable control of colours
and textures...he received a standing ovation and left the audience craving for more
at the end."
-- The Singapore Business Times
"Dowling, a pianist with polished technique, was the master of creating beautiful
sounds without being excessively sentimental. The intensely descriptive and
sensory nature of Ravel's works are well suited to this pianist's style."
-- The Singapore Business Times
"Ravel's wickedly bravura and treacherous Alborada del gracioso was projected
with unflappable poise and craftsmanship...Chopin's Andante spianato thrived
from elegant jeu perle and buoyant, bracing elan. Mr. Dowling has lavished a good
deal of research on Gershwin's legacy and his devotion and affinity for his music is
self-evident. Dowling's sympathetic recreations of Gershwin's style revealed a
patrician, classical purity."
-- New York Concert Review
"The young pianist Richard Dowling dances through 29 Gershwin numbers with
exuberance and a natural feel for rubato. He plays with what Gershwin called the
stenciled style--fast, upbeat, and snappy. Dowling's inspiration is Gershwin's own
style, which eschews heaviness and sentimentality. The recording has a dry sparkle
perfect for Dowling's no-nonsense playing. If you love Gershwin, don't miss this!"
-- American Record Guide review of Sweet and Low-Down CD
"Gershwin's piano pieces are lovingly recreated here by Richard Dowling (who
includes a first recording of Gershwin's rendition of the Andantino moderato theme
from Rhapsody in Blue). He's an excellent Gershwin pianist, whether limning the
slightly wistful outlines of Three-Quarter Blues or stomping joyously through
Swanee. Richard Dowling captures the period charm admirably."
-- Fanfare Magazine review of Sweet and Low-Down CD
"Richard Dowling's performance was prodigious in musicality and pianistic might.
Such energy is gratifying to see, because it is upon the communicative gifts of
pianists such as Dowling that the future of the piano recital may depend. That he
also plays stupendously was certainly proved in this concert. Dowling's technique
was virtuosic and untiring all evening. It also dealt flawlessly with works of the
most exacting technical challenge all the while making musical choices that were
honest and tasteful."
-- The Bryan-College Station Eagle
"Dowling displays superb technique -- his style is very much French ingrained,
most noticeably in finger articulation and arm movement."
-- The New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur
"Dowling played with vitality and finesse. Here is an artist who is able to project
with clarity and fine sonority Chopin's moods, which range from fiery pianism to
the lyrical style for which he is most noted."
-- The Island Reporter, Sanibel Island, Fla.
"Dowling has real talent and substance, a musician with something to say, the skill
to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen. Dowling's performance
of Ravel's La valse was at once a stunning display of pianism and an interpretive
tour de force. It wasn't just music--it was theater, story-telling of the best sort."
-- The San Antonio Express-News
"Dowling's style was sensuous, with finely-etched clarity and a silvery, seductively
beautiful tone. Emotionally involving...extravagantly expressive interpretation...
Lowell Liebermann's Nocturne No. 3 was played with a convincing blend of
poignancy and conviction."
-- San Antonio Light
"Dowling's pyrotechnics ran the gamut from studied elegance and authoritative
shyness to almost personal reverie...his tender performance (of Mozart's Piano
Concerto in C, K. 467) was a moving tribute masterfully done."
-- Laredo Morning Times
"Dowling gave a high-voltage recital and obviously has technique to spare; even at
whirlwind tempos, his playing was quite clean. He also has a knack for dramatic
underlining and Lisztian forcefulness...admirable taste, shaded with an idiomatic
sense of rubato."
-- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"Dowling's performance of Ravel's Alborada del gracioso exhibits his
genuine affection for French music.He plays with considerable depth,
expressing a forceful understanding of this style of music."
-- Classical Magazine
"To find a piano soloist to play the concerto (Mozart K. 488 in A), the orchestra
held a university-wide competition that was judged by orchestra members. 'We
wanted to find the best concert pianist at Yale. That turned out to be Richard
Dowling.' Master Firk will award the Trumbull Arts Prize to Dowling at the concert."
-- The Yale Herald
"It was simply incredible to watch Richard Dowling skim up and down the keyboard.
It is only a genius like Richard that could make the instrument send out those lively
trills and scales up and down the keys. A thrill to behold!"
-- Elk City (OK) Gleanings
"Unusual, star-quality talent...big, physically strong technique...dramatic,
"The assurance with which he strode onto stage carried through his entire
performance. Dowling excelled whether in bravura passages or
the rhapsodic romantic style of Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp).
His musicianship was displayed in subtle touches and adept spacing."
--The Bryan-College Station Eagle
"His stunning performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto in E-flat
brought him a well-earned standing ovation."
--Midland-Odessa (TX) Reporter-Telegram