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Paul Orgel
Fanfare, July 2014

…Tansman’s piano music is worth investigating and Eliane Reyes’s incisive playing can’t be faulted in any way. Naxos’s sound is very bright and “in your face.” © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Ryan Vigil
American Record Guide, May 2014

The playing is powerful and communicative.

Reyes’s handling of this music is sure and nuanced. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, April 2014

This disc…reveals quite another side of Tansman’s musical personality.

I hope people will enjoy discovering a real wealth of fine music from this modest kindly man. Eliane Reyes, the Belgian pianist on this disc has done a fine job in interpreting the many different moods to be found within this elegant music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, February 2014

Alexandre Tansman’s piano works have found a passionate and very talented advocate: Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes’ performances are spontaneous, colorful, full of surprising contrasts, and nonetheless she achieves to get this program a characteristic unity. At the end there’s no way thinking only of an anthology; what you hear on this magnificent CD is a brilliant recital! © 2014 Pizzicato

Jed Distler, January 2014

Now that Alexandre Tansman’s orchestral works have received substantial attention on CD, it’s good to see his inventive and idiomatic piano music get its due, thanks in part to Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes’ passionate advocacy.

The bright and closely detailed sonics serve Tansman’s gnarly yet lean keyboard sonorities well, to say nothing of Reyes’ appropriately steel-edged, brilliantly articulated fingerwork. Let’s hope that this second of Reyes’ two Tansman releases signifies a long overdue cycle devoted to the composer’s complete solo piano output. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

Having so enthusiastically welcomed Eliane Reyes’ first Naxos disc of Tansman’s piano music, it has strangely taken three years for this second release to appear. Much of this second disc comes from his years in the States, including three quite extensive Ballades from 1941. Tonality rubs shoulders with atonality, influences of Roussel sitting next to the high impact of Prokofiev. Eight years later came the Eight Cantilenas (Homage to J.S. Bach), a series of short works composed as an act of reverence but in no way aping the music of Johann Sebastian. For the disc’s opening tracks we return to 1929 with the six pieces of Suite dans le style ancien, in the neo-baroque style fashionable in Paris at the time. Using appropriate titles for each of the movements, it is a provocative look backwards. The following year the six short Arabesques are scores of French geniality, the mood continuing into the brief Cinq Impressions completed four years later. For the pianist the music oscillates between simplicity and passages of horrendously difficulty, the frenetic close of the second Ballade being just one instance. Reyes shrugs off these moments as if they don’t exist, her clarity and rhythmic exactitude being outstanding. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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