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Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, August 2015

…Biljana Urban illuminates Voříšek’s music very effectively and the disc is extremely enjoyable. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Wenneke Savenije
Klassieke Zaken, August 2015

…Pianist Biljana Urban immerses with devotion and love in Vorisek’s amiable pages.

Due to her appropriate approach these solid piano pieces gain charm and grace… © 2015 Klassieke Zaken



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

Roughly contemporary to Schubert, having been born in 1791, and writing in a similar mode, the Bohemian composer Jan Hugo Voříšek, lived just 34 years. He was to leave little by which his name would live on, having been torn between a desire to compose and the financial safety of a position in the Austrian civil service. Indeed what we do have was largely composed in the final six years of his frail life, and too late for him to promote them on the concert platform. From the beginning of that period we have a brief and charming Stammbuchblatt, and the flight of mercurial fantasy in the B flat major Impromptu. Whither he was directing his steps comes in the more substantial Impromptu in F major, a score that would have been well regarded had it been from the young Beethoven. From the same year came Eclogue, where Voříšek found some memorable thematic material, its lack having dogged his innate workmanship in so many of his earlier scores. That he would have offered much had his life been spared comes in the pair of character pieces, Le Desir and Le Plasir, which together total over twenty minutes, and show that he had grasped the dawn of the Romantic era that would be seen through Chopin’s eyes. If he has captured our attention in the first of the two pieces, the mercurial delights of Le Plasir are charming. The whole disc of a rather of uneven quality, but we have to thank the Yugoslav-born soloist, Biljana Urban, for bringing it to our attention, the pages of right hand tracery dispatched with admirable clarity, and I look forward to her future volumes. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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