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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2013

…He Yue’s playing…is sensitive and appealing…his playing [of the Dolly Suite and Heidenröslein] is never heavy, and he conjures some luminous colors out of his instrument, particularly in the Fauré and the Brahms. The Franck is a finger-buster, but He Yue doesn’t make a big deal out of it, and his reading of the Violin Sonata sans violin is very effective, and even exciting. Given the unusual nature of this program, whose contents are much more than adequately presented by the pianist, I’d rate this CD as of more than average interest. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Woo Soo Kang
American Record Guide, November 2013

Yue is lucid and tasteful…[his] phrasing is well shaped…this is a solid contribution to our understanding of a worthy piano figure of the early 20th Century. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Pianist, August 2013

This is, in all the senses of the word, a brilliant release.

This release is proof that the piano can easily stand on its own. But you need a pianist who can imitate the melodic line, the harmonies and, not least, play with a singing tone. Chinese pianist He Yue is just the right man for the job. He is tremendously talented and his piano tone is round and full, his fortissimos never hard. He is helped by a clear and transparent recorded sound.

…here they [Grand Piano] have catapulted up to the very top of piano releases with CD I simply cannot praise enough. What a fantastic discovery! © Pianist

Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, July 2013

This is an album of surprises.

He Yue plays this music like a real artist, not just a showman or a kid trying to prove his technique. The Fauré miniatures are really well-rendered, the Brahms lullaby—surely a dream come true for a pianist—is all you can ask for, and pianist and arranger combine for a Bach toccata and fugue like none in your collection. It’s laser-like in focus without veering toward melodrama.

…[Grand Piano’s] gamble on a little-known pianist with, frankly, not many credentials has paid off handsomely. He Yue passes Cortot’s poetical assignments and presents a notorious Bach piece in a way I’d never heard it done. Impressive achievements for someone so young. Here’s hoping there’s more on the way from this pianist. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, June 2013

Young Chinese pianist He Yue’s program here includes Cortot’s arrangements from Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Faure, Franck and Schubert. They range from Cortot’s one-piano version of Faure’s two-piano “Dolly Suite Op 56” and Bach’s classic organ masterwork “Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor” to a superb solo piano arrangement of Cesar Franck’s Violin Sonata in A-Major. In his lifetime, Cortot was one of many whose actions during World War II were questionable…which is what makes the healing distance of time and such discs as this so welcome. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

Alfred Cortot was one of the most multi-talented French musicians in the early part of the 20th century, whether it be as a pianist, conductor or teacher. If we have become used to more relaxed and flexible accounts of Faure’s original Dolly Suite for four hands, we have a very sensitive reading of this arrangement played by the twenty-three year-old Chinese pianist. Particularly attuned to the strict rhythmic requirements of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. He Yue cannot recreate the weight or the many shades of the organ, but offers admirable clarity in his playing, and continues to show his affinity with the composer in the Largo from the F minor Keyboard Concerto. Well-recorded in China with British engineering. © David’s Review Corner

Classic FM, May 2013

The great Franco-Swiss pianist and conductor Alfred Cortot was renowned for his poetic insight into the Romantic period, particularly the piano works of Chopin and Schumann. But Cortot was also a fine arranger, and on this new album we get to enjoy some of his most famous interpretations of classical favourites.

The soloist on this exhilarating recording is He Yue—a Chinese pianist who’s rapidly becoming one of his country’s most in-demand young musicians. © 2013 Classics FM Read complete article

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