Jeffrey Biegel delivers sensitive renditions of these works, alive to Cui's shifting moods. He has plenty of technique, if the limited technical expertise required by these preludes offers any chance to judge, and is capable of delicacy, a wide range of colors, and digital finesse. Recommended.
"Biegel brings a lush sound and elastic sense of rhythm to his interpretations. Architectural shaping of the pieces comes easy to him. His unself-conscious and seemingly effortless expression has a broad and appealing range, without resorting to the maudlin. His balancing of textures brings out the many melodic strands and harmonic treasures. The technical demands do not hinder him, do not call attention to themselves or him. This release rewards the listener on many levels."
"Jeffery Biegel, who studied with Adele Marcus at Juilliard, plays with considerable aplomb, and although he can be rather monolithic in the bigger-boned, etude-like pieces, his attractive tonal variety and musical shape in the more introspective numbers are particularly successful."