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Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, November 2007

It’s been a good year for the Debussy preludes, with exceptional—and very different—performances by Jorge Federico Osorio and Steven Osborne.

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Colin Clarke
Fanfare, November 2007

Çedille has recorded Osorio in the best possible light. The piano sound has presence and depth and is faithfully reproduced over the entire frequency range. This fidelity is important in music such as is featured here, as both the Debussy and the Liszt demand quicksilver tonal responses from the pianist. The instrument itself is beautifully prepared.

Osorio puts us under the spell of Liszt’s seemingly infinite invention. His rendition of Lisztian recitative in No. 104 is never less than spell-binding. He can melt phrases into one another most affectingly and his lines can speak conspiratorially.

Osorio’s weighting of chords is beautiful to experience, as is his “placing” of key moments. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review

Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, November 2007

…the performances are consistently first-rate. Not surprisingly, Osorio is at his best in such works as “Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest” (implacable in its progress), “La puerta del vino” (with its towering climaxes—try, for instance, the ff interruption six measures before the end), and “Feux d’artifice” (played with breathtaking sizzle). But most of the quieter preludes are persuasive, too: “Les fées sonts d’exquises danseuses” could be more feathery, perhaps, but it could hardly be more mercurial; and “La fille aux cheveux de lin” is set out with artful simplicity.

The texturally eventful Liszt performances are, if anything, even better: certainly, few pianists have drawn as much emotion from the way the roiling accompaniments of the “Sonetti del Petrarca” play off against the melodies. “Jeux d’eau” gets a torrential reading—more a waterfall than a water fountain; and the set concludes with a staggering account of “Vallée d’Obermann,” not as acrobatic as Volodos’s recent gussied-up version, but more vividly characterized. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review

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