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Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, November 2015

…[Mr. Yasynskyy] brings authority and panache to all the performances, and his considerable technique serves the music’s expression instead of calling attention to itself. The sound is excellent. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, November 2015

This CD is a fine sampler of Hofmann’s well-crafted material… Some of the music, including, of course, the mazurkas, bears the influence of Chopin, and elsewhere there is the strong flavor of the music of his friend Rachmaninoff. But not being in the avant-garde is a completely legitimate artistic choice, and Hofmann’s music is charming and honest, well worth listening to for fans of golden age pianism. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, July 2015

Yasynskyy, with exemplary articulation, phrases [‘Kaleidoskop’] beautifully. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

Probably the greatest concert pianist of the early 20th century, the Polish born pianist, Jozef Hofmann, was a gifted in so many of fields not least as a composer. The disc’s booklet enumerate his many achievements, not least the invention of the modern automobile windscreen wiper. He was a remarkable child prodigy that was withdrawn from the concert stage amid a concert tour of the United States at the age of eleven, and did not reappear again until he was eighteen. It was then that he began an international career, rather ironically, from his new home in the United States. As a composer he became prolific, with piano concertos, a symphony and a wealth of piano pieces. Maybe we now look upon them as being outdated before they were composed, Chopin being the roots from which they grew, with Rachmaninov and Scriabin his more recent inspirations. Many call for a show of technical brilliance, the finale of the Piano Sonata, composed when he was seventeen, being in the virtuosity demanded by Liszt at his most extravagant. Elsewhere, as in the four Charakterskizzen, they are tending towards salon music, with innocent charm in the Mazurkas in B and D minor composed when he has ten. They form part of four ‘world premiere recordings’, the Theme with Variations and Fugue from his sixteenth year as a student exercise to please his mentor, Moszkowski. Among the most recent crop of young virtuosos, the Ukrainian-born Artem Yasynskyy, would, on the evidence of this disc, rank very high. It became part of his Hofmann prize in the 2013 German Piano Competition of Polish Music, and he has put it to good use, with performances that show a musician of sensitivity, who can caress the most beautiful sounds from the keyboard, and knows exactly how much he can manipulate the pulse of each work to give it shape and attraction. Add a gorgeous recording by Polish Radio to complete a superb release. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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