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Woo Soo Kang
American Record Guide, September 2013

Min’s approach to the Mazurkas shows good sense and considerable interpretive skill.

Thoughtfulness combines with refinement to produce one of the most effective recent collections of Mazurkas that I have heard. The sound is pristine. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Andy Fawcett
Audiophilia, July 2013

Clocking in at between two and five minutes each, there is little consistency of mood or pace with these mazurkas; gloom, wistfulness and unease seem as much in evidence as the exuberance and jauntiness that the name would lead one to expect. For the listener, though, the variety is welcome and enhanced by Klara Min’s spirited but refined playing and subtle manipulation of tempo and dynamic. Overall, a very recommendable disc. © 2013 Audiophilia Read complete review



Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, June 2013

…Klara Min luckily picks out as her seventeen favorite mazurkas almost all of my own favorites; for another, her rhythmic sense is, as mentioned, unerring, with any slight hesitations or halts in the dance step carefully judged. This isn’t the softest-edged or most poetic of interpretations—see Garrick Ohlsson and Ivan Moravec—but it’s not a clattering rush, either; Min finds a middle path. The melodies tend to be distinctive but well-crafted: contrast with Russell Sherman’s recent recording, where Sherman also attempts to put a new stamp on many of these pieces but often misjudges or simply sounds bizarre. Op 56 No 2 is a great example of why Klara Min is so good: the main tune is very sensitively delivered, but the piece still manages to rock.

Others have criticized her micro-managing, and it is true that just about every phrase, every pause, is very carefully calibrated. I certainly found much to enjoy here, and I’ll be happy to listen to more from this pianist when it arrives. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, May 2013

Klara Min has a straightforward, unstudied attack that I find refreshing in this era of overengineered piano performances.  Min has also done a wonderful job of choosing the 17 mazurkas. Some of the Chopin mazurkas are better than others, and these are the best. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review



Classic FM, May 2013

Min’s approach is immacuately detailed. Her technically brilliant playing, superb control of dynamics and intuitive musicianship are to the fore in these wonderful, sensitive and polished performances. © Classic FM




Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, April 2013

…for all of Min’s microscopically projected inner voices, heart-stopping tenutos, outsized dynamics, and arguably exaggerated observation of dotted rhythms of rests, somehow she never sounds overindulgent or vague. More often than not, Min’s liberties command interest in how they point up Chopin’s amazing harmonic ideas and increasingly involved contrapuntal textures.

…Min’s superbly controlled technique and formidable coloristic resources allow her to fully realize her conceptions, aided by Delos’ vibrant, lifelike sonics. © 2013 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review





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