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Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, July 2018

This freshly minted winner of the Santander piano competition recorded these pieces as part of the prize. The Liszt sonata is a wonderfully lush and fluid performance, with excellent sound. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Stuart Sillitoe
MusicWeb International, February 2018

This is a good recital, which whilst it does not offer the best versions, presents a pianist on the cusp of what should be a glowing career, a pianist to watch. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2017

Juan Pérez Floristán was the 2015 winner of the Santander International Piano Competition, the same year as taking first prize in Berlin’s Steinway Competition. Born in Seville in 1993, he has already established a major career in the leading concert halls in Europe, including a recital in London’s Wigmore Hall, the present disc encompassing part of that programme in a previous studio recording. Opening with a showpiece for the technical expertise of pianists—the Franz Liszt Sonata in B minor—he has a youthful view that tends to rush passages so that articulation is not as clean as it should have been. He is, however, always fully aware of the subtle inflections of colour, and plays the quiet passages with a freedom of pulse that he invests with great beauty. Schumann’s Phantasie, is, to all intents and purposes, a three movement sonata, and here he is very desirable, with playing thoughout that is more relaxed than his Liszt, and if Yugoslavia Richter is an incomparable benchmark recording, Floristan offers a freshness that takes at face value the title of a fantasy. Central to the disc is the Liszt piano transcription of Beethoven’s song cycle, An die ferne Geliebte, an unadorned version that makes few major demands on the performer. Admirable as a debut disc and certainly a pianist to watch in future. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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