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Alex Baran
The WholeNote, October 2013

Listening to two pianists at a single keyboard usually sets up an expectation of something slightly heavy and possibly ungainly. Zofo, however…blow all that away with their euphoric energy. These two are young, driven and fearless. There is no repertoire from which they shrink. They exude a “take no prisoners” approach yet perform with an interpretive competence and originality that leaves listeners wanting to hear more.

Gershwin’s Cuban Overture is so fresh and alive…This is a terrific way to open the disc and it grabs you instantly.

Nancarrow’s Sonatina immediately shifts to an intense and delicate discipline that is by contrast, quite arresting. Zofo’s gift for extracting and delivering melody makes this work seem all too short. Likewise, Samuel Barber’s Op.28 Souvenirs, a bouquet of tuneful post-romantic ideas, are also played with profound engagement.

Two sets of dances by John Corigliano and Allen Shawm set a new stage for Zofo as the pair work ever so seductively with shifting rhythms to leave listeners embraced by the constant sense of movement.

Finally, the disc’s major work, Schoenfield’s Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive…filled with a humourous cynicism about contemporary music…becomes a good-humoured showpiece by its end, closing the CD with the same kind of energy that opened it. © 2013 The WholeNote Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, August 2013

Mosh Pit…[is] a six-work program of widely contrasting fare, brought to you in sterling sound by the four-handed behemoth Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann.

…the artists bring together a widely contrasting program of early modern and newer works, all played with pretty exciting dash and sensitivity to motive balance.

This is a talented pair of players who lock into the music as one hydra-being of coordinated sound. ZOFO sound great, the program is refreshing and the sound stands out. Outstanding for all that. Very captivating and so very nice to hear. Recommended! © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

James Manheim, June 2013

…this is a straightforward recital of four-hand piano music. True, it’s quite inventive. The Mosh Pit title refers to the fact that the music on the program, all of it American, refers to popular dance rhythms. …these are hugely entertaining works. …and the performances by Zofo, the duo of Keisuki Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann (based in San Francisco), have a very attractive looseness that persists through all the technical fireworks. A most enjoyable piano four-hands release, all the more impressive for its unearthing of contemporary works that are not new (Three Dance Portraits and Five Days from the Life of a Manic-Depressive were composed in the 1980s and 1990s, respectively), but are totally relevant to the enterprise. © 2013 Read complete review

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, June 2013

Zofo has put together another program of high energy piano-4-hands works by 20th century composers.  Feelings of both jazz and pop enter into most of the six works. © Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle, May 2013

The dynamic Bay Area piano duo of Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann follows up its Grammy-nominated “Mind Meld” with a new CD marked by brilliant sound and a suave deployment of four hands at one piano… © 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, April 2013

Indeed, each of the pieces have all of the qualities of an intricately-conceived and smoothly-running machine, the sort of music that puts modern ballet styles in the best possible light.

The overall result is a delightful romp of a recording, guaranteed to get the feet tapping if not the whole body dancing. © 2013 Read complete review

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