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BBC Music Magazine, September 2017

These are honest and deeply affectionate performances… © 2017 BBC Music Magazine




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, July 2017

Zhu Xiao-Mei’s Bach performances belong to the very best ones. After a very eventful and not always beautiful life, the Chinese pianist seems to have found the way to the light in Bach’s music. Nobody plays Bach in a purer, more unaffected and unpretentious way. The combination of this simplicity, of an overwhelming beauty, of depth and transcendence is simply breath-taking. © 2017 Pizzicato



John Brunning
Classic FM, June 2017

It is with children in mind that I recorded these French Suites, always having heartfelt simplicity and purity in their mind. Children see the world with hope, optimism, and cast in light much like Miró sees the world. I find a childlike purity in him, similar to what I hear in the French Suites. There is a quote by Miró that touches me enormously and makes me think a lot whenever I play, as it reflects something that may be the most difficult aspect of musical interpretation and of art in general: ‘To gain freedom is to gain simplicity’—Zhu Xiao-Mei. © 2017 Classic FM





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