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Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, January 2013

What a delightfully entertaining musician young Martin Helmchen is! This is an extremely well-rounded pianist, replete with fabulous technique, good taste, and a sense of joy for the music he plays. His Bach is rich and nimble at once, almost operatic in his ability to draw out contrasting theatrical impulses. His dynamic shading, combined with a completely natural sense for the coloristic variety of tonality, makes him something of a throwback. This Bach put me in mind of Wilhelm Kempff, a very high standard, to be sure. Helmchen’s Liszt, in an interesting contrast, is produced with all of these skills, but he resists the temptation to over interpret, choosing sensible tempos and restrained rhythmic control. I found this approach to be highly effective; the music, including some of Liszt’s less-bombastic work for piano, stands on its own strengths, presented with technical skill of the highest order…

…I enjoyed this DVD immensely, and recommend it highly to any pianophile. The recital is a very nicely recorded and filmed Verbier Festival event from 2011. This is, without a doubt, a major career in the making. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, August 2012

Martin Helmchen demonstrates his technique and his flexibility, as he moves with ease from the rhythm of a Bach composition, through the challenges of Liszt’s virtuosic showpieces, to the amazing musical aspects of Beethoven’s late piano works.

An artist who ‘connects seriousness and wistfulness with success’, the audience is truly drawn-in through his expressive playing, vividly captured in this DVD recording. © 2012 My Classical Notes

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