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Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, March 2019

Panfilov’s playing of these well-known works contains moments of beauty…

The percussive Pictures at an Exhibition needs a more expansive sound. He does have incredible technical facility, which works in Promenade 1. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare, January 2019

He [Panfilov] plays the notes almost always accurately and cleanly, and brings to each piece a good degree of musicianship and sensitivity. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2018

The young Moscow-born, Alexander Panfilov, was the 2016 winner of the Jaen Prize International Piano Competition, the Spanish award one of many such successes. Already enjoying a career in major concert venues on both sides of the Atlantic, his debut recording offers a typical competition programme, and was probably the one he offered to reach the Jaen final. It contains the beauty of music by Debussy; the modern era from Manuel Seco de Arpe in the competition’s mandatory work; Spanish music from Albeniz, to please the Jaen judges, and Mussorgsky’s famous showpiece to confirm his technical credentials. It is this last named score that occupies more than half of a rather short disc, and would be the reason to buy the release. He does rather hurry the viewer around the pictures in the Promenades, but he is persuasive in his delightful approach to the Ballet of the Chickens and the trudging Bydlo, while his Great Gate of Kiev is suitably thunderous in recorded sound that is rather one dimensional. The interpretation as a whole is free of idiosyncrasies and traditional in tempo and shaping, his articulation through-out without blemish. Turn to the Debussy, and you will hear Panfilov at his most persuasive as a poetic pianist in the opening Pagodes from Estampes. Released on Naxos, the recording was apparently made by the Jaen Competition. © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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