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David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

The Venezuelan virtuoso pianist, Teresa Carreno, was a colourful personality through the second-half of the 19th century as she built her multifaceted career. Prodigiously gifted as a young child who was composing from the age of six, apart from her skills at the keyboard, she also enjoyed a brief period as a coloratura soprano. Married four times, her many children did not seem to inhibit her life as a touring performer, Paris and Berlin providing a home at various points in her life. She must have been influenced by Chopin in much that she composed, though as a women there were boundaries that society dictated, and she contented herself with pieces that would fall within the term ‘salon music’, though, as we hear in the opening track, the Nocturne ‘Souvenirs de mon pays’ , it did not prevent her from including passages of technical difficulty. Her music may have reflected her inner feelings that had sadness running through it, the world of Chopin’s Funeral March from the Third Sonata seemingly one she inhabited. That makes life difficult for the soloist, Alexandra Oehler, as she moves from track to track in the same mood, Carreno’s Marche Funebre coming at the centre point. Even more intense gloom in the sixth of the Melodies ‘Plaintes au bord d’une tombe’, this prevailing atmosphere of death finally lifted in the last track, the Gottschalk Waltz dedicated to her teacher. © 2015 David’s Review Corner



Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, May 2014

Alexandra Oehler plays with sensitive phrasing and skillful voicing. Her refined musical sensibility is just right for this repertory. The recording, like the music, is warm and inviting. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Corinna Fröhling
Viva Voce (Germany), April 2014

[Alexandra Oehler’s] interpretations of these tremendously gentle Reveries are a joy. © 2014 Viva Voce




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, January 2014

The Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño was not only one of the most virtuoso and brilliant artists of her time, she was also a gifted composer. German pianist Alexandra Oehler plays these miniatures with dedication and an excellent technique. She always finds a good balance between expressiveness, virtuosity and restraint, so that at the end the motto is: Prima la musica! © Pizzicato



Byzantion
MusicWeb International, January 2014

…Alexandra Oehler does a very good impression of Carreño the prodigious pianist, caressing her way with delicacy of feeling and, when called for…flinging her fingers with military precision up and down the keyboard.

Audio quality is very good… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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