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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, January 2018

The seasoned Israeli pianist Amir Katz, who is based in Germany, here presents his version of op. 10 and op. 25, minus the Trois nouvelles études, on one of Germany’s prestige labels. Advance word was critical of him for making the music sound more like technical exercises—the practical purpose of an étude—than like something more personal and polished. I found it refreshing, actually, to hear Étude No. 1 in C dashed off with brilliant panache, especially because Katz doesn’t lean heavily on the bass line.

…full credit must be given for what Katz can do with the technical dimension of the piece. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Harriet Smith
Gramophone, September 2017

Setting off on Op 10, you get the impression that Amir Katz is a man in a hurry, dragging Chopin’s Études out of the concert hall and back into the practice room. …Katz does draw its melody out to good effect, while No 8 has some richly coloured quiet playing and every note of its filigree is audible. In No 10, something seems to shift, for Katz allows himself more time to breathe, to compelling effect. The remaining two études are also more spacious than some, the articulation of No 12 rendered with impressive clarity. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, August 2017

Katz meets the requirements of the Etudes on all scores, infusing these pieces with a vocally inspired rubato and an exceptionally smooth legato, even in the most impassioned moments. Expression is vital, as these etudes have earned an unusual number of descriptive names from posterity: “Black Key,” “Revolutionary,” “Harp,” “Butterfly,” “Winter Wind,” and “Ocean,” to name only the most popular.

There’s a lot going on in the 24 etudes, …Amir Katz does not lose an ounce of intensity or sheer expressive beauty that is at work here, and his tone is never less than exceptional. © 2017 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, April 2017

Amir Katz is a pianist of intelligence and sensibility, and his set of Chopin Etudes is very personal, fresh and well sustained. It’s certainly a very honest interpretation, rewarding for anyone looking for new, yet acceptable ways for Chopin’s music. © 2017 Pizzicato





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