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Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, May 2016

…Scherbakov’s good sense and refinement makes him a good advocate for these transcriptions. The 6 Pieces for the Left Hand show an impressive display of left-hand dexterity. The Impromptu in particular makes a great show piece. The grandiose ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ has some interesting harmonies. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, May 2016

Scherbakov always impresses me as a thinking man’s virtuoso. He is extremely capable; nothing sounds smeared or unclear, rhythms are crisp, and melodic lines are given their due, singing gracefully. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Marius Dawn
Pianist, January 2016

I’ll make this short: get this disc! This is one of the most amazing series of recorded piano music ever to come my way. Leopold Godowsky loved to transcribe, arrange, embellish and enhance music by other composers… © 2016 Pianist



Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, January 2016

…the finest of the series in content, performance and sound.

All in all, if you haven’t sampled Godowsky before, this is as good a place as anywhere to start. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, November 2015

Hints of that delight in transcendental virtuosity for its own sake may not be so obvious in the six left-hand piece…but certainly come through in the arrangements, such as the Momento Capriccioso…and Godowsky’s versions of two pieces by Albéniz, while the big finale, the rather raucous Symphonic Metamorphoses on Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus constantly ratchets up the bravura demands. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2015

At the turn of the 19th century, the Polish-born pianist, Leopold Godowsky was hailed as the most remarkable virtuoso of his time and a composer of some merit. Much that he wrote was designed for his own concert use, particularly his arrangements which became his ‘lollypops’ to charm and amuse his audience. The Six Pieces for Left Hand were different and came together as a collection over a twelve month period. Each cameo is dedicated to one of his friends and cheat our ears that two hands are involved., the whole work lasting sixteen minutes before the Siberian-born pianist, Konstantin Scherbakov embarks on a patchwork of arrangements. Opening with Bizet’s gentle Adagietto from L’Arlesienne; through Weber’s finger-knotting Momento capriccioso; a flowing adaptation of Saint-Saëns’ Le Cygne, and onto the popular melodies of Triana and Tango by Isaac Albéniz. To please Godowsky’s American audiences there is a grandiose version of The Star Spangled Banner, and to close the disc we have the fiendish technical challenge of the Symphonic Metamorphoses on themes from Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. It was obviously composed for pianists with three hands, or so it seems, as the intricate interweaving of melodies defies the concept of just one performer. And so Scherbakov continues his brilliant traversal of Godowsky’s solo piano works, John Taylor, the producer/engineer, proving it is possible to get a gorgeous piano tone from this Welsh recording venue, a feat that seemingly defeats others. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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