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Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, March 2017

I didn’t know Ms Martinez’s name before reviewing this, but she is well worth knowing. …The recording is very well made and the sound excellent in every way.

She begins with Beethoven’s Sonata 7. I is playful, light without becoming anemic; she includes excellent control over textures as well as subtle and effective articulation; the overall approach is lighter than necessary, but it works fine.

Dan Visconti’s Amplified Soul (2014)…is beautifully conceived for the piano and exquisitely performed. The final work, Szymanowski’s Variations in B-flat minor, dates from the composer’s student years; Martinez’s performance, full of color and nuance, makes it sound like a masterpiece. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Gwyn Parry-Jones
MusicWeb International, January 2017

This is a remarkably disparate programme of music; five works by five different composers, ranging from Beethoven in 1798 to Dan Visconti in 2014. On the face of it, it is hard to discern much of a link. One is nevertheless present—that of the commitment and strong artistic personality of the brilliant young Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez. There is nothing unnecessarily showy or quirky in her playing, yet she projects a seriousness of purpose and an intensity of concentration that draws the listener in towards the heart of each work.

Gabriela Martinez draws out superbly the poetry and the passion in every one of these fine works. There is no question that she is a major talent, definitely one to watch—or rather to listen to. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), December 2016

Brilliant young Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez has won consistent acclaim at top domestic and international venues. Here, in her first recording for Delos, she offers a wide-ranging program of classics by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Szymanowski. She also features acclaimed contemporary composers Mason Bates and Dan Visconti, whose title selection, Amplified Soul, was written for her and is heard in its world premiere. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)



Stephen Smoliar
The Rehearsal Studio, November 2016

…this is an album in which each of the compositions has its own distinctive rhetorical stance. Martinez is clearly comfortable with finding and delivering that stance in each of her interpretations. She has definitely come a long way since my first encounter with her almost a decade ago. © 2016 The Rehearsal Studio Read complete review





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