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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Dame Myra Hess was admired particularly for her Schumann, which was both authoritative and sensitive. Nothing is ever overstated, and she is completely inside Schuman’s poetic world. Virtuosity and display are bi-products of her dedication to the letter and spirit of the score. Her rubato seems completely right and tempi are judged perfectly. The recording of the Piano Concerto (in the 78 era, the preferred choice of most collectors) is a little dry, but the performance is fresher than her mono account with Rudolf Schwarz and the Philharmonia. Decent transfers.



Alexander Morin
American Record Guide, June 2001

"Myra Hess loathed recording, and for a pianist of her distinction, her discography is small. This release adds to it by reviving 1930s recordings of three of her favorite pieces. Her Schumann is genteel and lady-like...[and] always lyrical, expressive, and sensitively played, with lots of attractive color and skillful phrasing. The transfers are excellent, and while the disc's musical content may not be idiomatically Schumannesques, it's very appealling."



Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, May 2001

"It is intensely musical, a performance which Nalen Anthoni suggests in his excellent accompanying essay stems from a tradition which emphasized or schizophrenia. The recordings may show their age but the transfers have come up outstandingly, allowing one to savor Hess's past but ever-present glory to the full."






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