Good Music Guide
, July 2003
"There are lots of very good pianists in the world. Hundreds, possibly thousands. Yet the recording companies would have you believe that there are just those few that they want to promote. Just a dozen are well-known enough to be household names in the classical music world.
We all know of Brendel, Ashkenazy, Gould, Uchida, Pollini and their kind. They are superstars. They are brand-names. You know what you're getting when you buy their recordings. Sure you're getting polished performances, artistic excellence. But you are also getting CD company marketing and sales hype.
What you rarely get is new names from the vast pool of excellence. The Naxos label is different. We at Good-Music-Guide have long been fans of this budget-priced label that produces world-class recordings from almost unknown performers.
For years Sviatoslav Richter's performances of these were regarded as definitive and unsurpassable. Well, these recordings now are unobtainable, and Bernd Glemser has equalled them. His performances are bitingly sharp, wistfully poignant and technically perfect. He brings a personality to them that is too often lacking. Prokofiev is all about personality and idiosyncrasy and these performance have character in bucket-loads.
Bravo Bernd Glemser, and Bravo Naxos. May we hear more from you in the future."
***** CD of the Week