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Martin Anderson
International Piano, September 2014

This fascinating CD points out how much of the late style was already there…the harmonic subtlety was yet to come, but that sense of sonority, the organ-like feeling for colour in different registers, the fondness for dark, bass anchors—these elements are all present. Julia Severus plays with the poise of an old master. © 2014 International Piano



American Record Guide, July 2014

[Severus’s] lyrical tone, vivid ear for harmonic color, and commanding technique make her an ideal interpreter of Franck. This is a recording that should be in every pianophile’s collection. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Lucy Jeffery
MusicWeb International, February 2014

In this recording Severus excels and shows immense skill as an interpreter and flair as a performer.

A fullness of sound is achieved in this recording, which captures the malleability of these piano pieces. Known for his gigantic hands—Franck was capable of spanning twelve white keys on the keyboard—Franck’s compositions demand impressive dexterity and astonishing range. This recording mediates between these qualities.

…Severus dexterously blends Franck’s admixture of tenderness and sublime awe. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2014

Four works for solo piano written while Cesar Franck was in his early twenties, and recently graduated from the Paris Conservatoire, yet much influenced by Liszt. For the Ballade, written in 1843, it was obviously Chopin that had proved the inspiration in a work opening in delicacy, but growing in weight for the closing moments that offer the soloist an outgoing show of technical brilliance. The following year he began work on transcriptions of four of Schubert’s songs for which he had a particular affection, the second, Die Forelle, being the most popular. Nowhere will you be more forcibly reminded of the world from which Wagner was to emerge than in Franck’s clothing of the opening song, Die junge Nonne (The Young Nun). The disc’s back insert asserts that these are world premiere recordings, an appellation also added to the earliest of all four works, Souvenirs of Aix-la-Chapelle. The last of the disc’s four works to be composed was the three-movement Fantasy on Two Polish Folk Songs, a quite joyous piece composed and dedicated to one of his pupils in 1845…it is music that affords pleasure, and I commend them to you in performances from the German pianist, Julia Severus, who shows much fondness and a great deal of agility. © 2014 David’s Review Corner






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