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Anne Shelley
Music Media Monthly, August 2012

In this live performance from March 2011, don’t be fooled by the presence of the score on the piano, by the wrinkled, papery, thick-as-sausages fingers, or by the goofy facial expressions; at 87, Pressler’s hands and mind are still his to control. The Schubert is full of finesse and suspense, and he dances through the Chopin mazurkas. His playing is warm, human, and honest, and this video is a nice complement to his sizable discography. © 2012 Music Media Monthly Read complete review



Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, August 2012

…at this recital one can only celebrate a blessedly old-fashioned freedom and intensity, a sense, most notably in Beethoven’s Op 110 and Schubert’s B flat Sonata, of the heavenly and transcendent. There is true exultance at the close of both sonatas, in music which provided a profound solace in the aftermath of Pressler’s escape from Nazi Germany, when he remained traumatised by bewilderment and pain. His performance of Estampes is gently chiming and caressing in ‘Pagodes’ and a far cry from a more clear-sighted if often pedestrian French wisdom. His Chopin, too, particularly the C sharp minor Nocturne, is enviably sensitive, making it hardly surprising that he has little time for the many immaculate, note-perfect but ultimately sterile competition-groomed performances of today. Beautifully and simply filmed, this DVD is a classic tribute to a great artist still active in the autumn of his career, and with only a passing and marginal frailty to suggest his age. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone






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