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Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, April 2015

Imagine cutting up Liszt’s B minor sonata, First piano concerto, Feux Follets, and Dante sonata (among others) into bits and pieces, convincing Scriabin to reharmonize them, then hiring Georges Cziffra to play the whole mess adding improvised flourishes and unleashing cannons buried in octaves. That about sums up Roberto Piana’s Après une Lecture de Liszt, an audacious, discombobulated pudding disguised as a virtuoso showpiece. Since Pompa-Baldi throws every inch of his amazing technique and big-hearted temperament into this world-premiere recorded performance, the work need not be recorded or performed again. When Pompa-Baldi operates at his untrammeled peak, as he often does on this release, the piano world lights up. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Adrian Corleonis
Fanfare, January 2015

The album title provides a clever pretext for a happily varied program…[and] one must admire Pompa-Baldi’s ferocious brilliance as he pounces, piece by piece, like a big cat seizing prey. The Second Ballade and Ernani Paraphrase depart from their usual careful exhumations in thriller performances. And Lyapunov’s Liszt memorial bristles with mordant Hungarianisms. More considered, reflective performances may be to live with, but for sheer voltage and immediacy this will seize you by the lapels or grasp you by the hair—an effect given a fillip by close, detailed capture flaring into large hall ambience and Pompa-Baldi’s muscular incisiveness. Recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, November 2014

Liszt could hardly have received a more sumptuous or ingenious tribute than that offered by Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

…Pompa-Baldi’s playing will send shivers down the spine of even the most ardent lover of virtuosity and high-octane rhetoric. Pianists should take note, though I doubt whether many will come within distance of a truly blistering attack. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



John Pitcher
American Record Guide, November 2014

[Pompa-Baldi]…plays the Chopin Etudes with just the right mix of polish, power, and ferocity. He plays Liszt’s Ballade No. 2 and Ernani Concert Paraphrase with passion and drama, and he’s excellent in Liapounov’s final, knuckle-busting Transcendental Etude. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Infodad.com, August 2014

…Pompa-Baldi does a very fine job with everything here…this disc is quite well played, with the Chopin and Lyapunov being particularly impressive… © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, July 2014

Listeners will be enchanted by pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi’s virtuosic renditions of Chopin’s Études, Op 10…From the roller-coaster scales, fireworks, and moody joviality of Chopin’s unassailable tribute through to the title track finale written by Sardinian-born composer Roberto Piana, this recording serves as a reminder of Franz Liszt’s greatness, and that he inspired greatness in others. © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review




Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, July 2014

…[this is an] astonishing Lisztian recital by Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, whose magnificent playing at a live recital in South Africa from June 2013 is matched by profoundly apt recorded sound. © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review






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