, August 2012
Menahem Pressler…plays like a true master of all the repertory he performs here.
His account of the Beethoven Sonata #31…is totally convincing, with a splendid and quite epic first movement and utterly glorious finale.
His Chopin Mazurkas capture the varying moods of these challenging pieces, from the brightness and exoticism of the Op. 7, #1, to the profoundly forlorn character of the Op. 17, #4. Pressler exhibits a lighter touch for the Debussy Estampes, but more importantly his chameleonic style adapts well to the composer’s Impressionism. Especially brilliant is La Soirée dans Grenade, which features a powerfully dramatic middle section. Pressler’s Jardins sous la pluie brims with energy and spirit, and draws enthusiastic applause from the audience.
Pressler’s Schubert is equally brilliant: he makes the first movement’s main theme sing so beautifully and so much else throughout the sonata comes across as more colorful and spirited than what one typically hears from others pianists. This is quite a beautifully filmed and vividly recorded concert that offers performances that are amazingly well played by a pianist who seems totally at ease and fully in control throughout. Pressler is a great pianist as this disc clearly demonstrates. © 2012 Classical Net Read complete review