"Friedman's flight through Chopin's Etude Op 10 No 7 is a scarcely credible feat of virtuosity; a performance which understandably prompted the curiosity of Horowitz, always on the qui vivre when he sensed possible technical rivalry. I wouldn't describe Friedman's salonish and affected rubato in the A minor Waltz as of 'a beautiful simplicity and poetry' but, per contra, his way with the Mazurkas is boldly and refreshingly idiomatic in a style far removed from Rubinstein's early elegance and urbanity. Volume 2 is awaited with a mix of eagerness and apprehension."
"Ignaz Friedman's boundless technique, juicy tone, and larger-than-life temperament truly justify his standing alongside other so-called Golden Age piano legends such as Hofmann, Rachmaninov, Lhevinne, and Moiseiwitsch. Naxos' long-awaited series devoted to Friedman's complete recordings makes an auspicious debut with Volume 1. Unlike previous Friedman reissues that mix and match material, Naxos aims to present the recordings in chronological sequence, a game plan that we assume will prevail for the remaining installments. More significantly for collectors, Ward Marston's exemplary restorations are the finest Friedman transfers since Seth Winner's for Danacord's complete Friedman edition issued on LP in 1985."
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