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Paul Ballyk
Expedition Audio, April 2015

All world premiere recordings, the program is played with sensitivity, spirit and sparkle on a modern grand piano by Bulgarian pianist Biliana Tzinlikova. © 2015 Expedition Audio Read complete review



Alan Becker
American Record Guide, March 2015

pleasant, ingratiating pieces…performed with zest and enthusiasm… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, February 2015

Biliana Tzinlikova is an expressive, capable pianist who plays Hoffmeister’s works with conviction and stylistic understanding…[she] has given a sympathetic, effective introduction to Hoffmeister’s keyboard music…Flawless sound engineering is a welcome bonus. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Philip R. Buttall
MusicWeb International, February 2015

…Biliana Tzinlikova’s admirable performances and well-honed technique, especially in the decidedly more tricky Variations…. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2014

Today we recall that it was to the music publisher and composer, Franz Anton Hoffmeister, to whom the penniless Mozart sent desperate letters begging money. He and his wife became affluent by publishing and disseminating the music of his contemporaries, indulging himself with time spent compiling a vast range of music that includes some fifty symphonies, sixty concertos, and sundry pieces of chamber and instrumental music. He was also a gifted pianist, his catalogue of works including some twenty sonatas and sonatinas, the present disc covering works composed between 1790 and 1792. In the busy outer movements, with myriads of fast notes, the sonatas have a pleasing vivacity, and only when we reach the slow movements does Hoffmeister’s lack of interesting thematic material become evident. In total time they are quite short works, the opening movements given the greater part, with a short Presto finale to send the audience home in a happy mood. Maybe it was Beethoven’s Variations that Hoffmeister had published that gave him the idea of his technically demanding Variations in C major. Certainly Biliana Tzinlikova’s agile fingers do everything possible to champion the composer, and her enjoyment in discovering his music is evident. She uses little pedal so that the music emerges in staccato mode that replicates an early keyboard. Maybe the relatively dry Austrian recording does much help in creating that early keyboard sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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