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Stephen Wright
American Record Guide, March 2016

Fast movements are the most attractive and complex in figuration, with a fair bit of imitative counterpoint. Particularly fetching is the zany, off-kilter phrase lengths in I and III of the C-major Sonata, the second on the program.

This last volume of Grand Piano’s Hoffmeister series has excellent close sound and alert, committed performances by Ms Tzinlikova. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, March 2016

Biliana Tzinlikova is an excellent advocate for Hoffmeister’s music. Her playing captures the energy and sparkle of Hoffmeister’s style, and she has a winning combination of an agile technique and a warm, singing tone.

This recording, and Tzinlikova’s entire Hoffmeister series, is a delight through and through. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, December 2015

…[Sonata in C] is a true gem that deserves a place in the performance repertoire. It is an extraordinarily unified piece; all three movements begin with and heavily feature an ascending fourth. …It is extremely successful in its current form. 

This recording…is a delight through and through. Anyone interested in adding some unfamiliar Classical repertoire to their collection should consider it. © 2015 Fanfare



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2015

The third and final volume in the first complete recording of the piano sonatas by Franz Anton Hoffmeister, an Eighteenth century composer of a vast range of music. It included nine operas, some fifty symphonies, sixty concertos, and twenty keyboard sonatas and sonatinas, the present disc covering the 1790’s and probably as late as 1797, two of the three works known only in a manuscript copy by someone named ‘Politz’. All followed convention of a three movement structure, the central one being slow in the case of the D and C major, while the B flat—one of his most extended sonatas—concluding with an elaborate theme and variations. Thematically all three are among his finest in the genre, with melodies that please and do not pale on repeated hearing. Maybe the Rondo finales are all too brief to provide a balanced score, but the sonatas would have been aimed at the talented amateur who would purchase the sheet music from Hoffmeister’s publishing house. They would have delighted their audiences with the abundance of right hand decoration, and, as on  previous volumes, the Bulgarian-born pianist, Biliana Tzinlikova, is daringly fast in the finale of the B flat sonata. Elsewhere she is always neat, crisp and cleanly delineated. Though the record sleeve does not make clear, I presume she is playing a fortepiano of outstanding quality. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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