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Raymond Beegle
Fanfare, May 2015

The composer is given the honor he deserves through the absolutely brilliant playing of Goran Filipec. With the help of a superb instrument the pianist exhibits an expansive imagination, a wide spectrum of tone, and an opulent temperament. [Silvia Mazzon] displays the same virtues and has an especially expressive sound in the middle register. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Mark L. Lehman
American Record Guide, March 2015

…nicely played and very-well-recorded release. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2014

Is there room on the international music scene for a composer writing in the style of a French Impressionist era when that period had long since come to a close? I guess not, but that give us no reason to discard the works of Ivo Macek. Born in 1914 in that part of Yugoslavia we now known as Croatia, he studied composition in Paris with Jean Roger-Ducasse, though it was as a concert pianist and teacher that his name became widely known. In fact his works number just sixteen, his complete output for piano contained within this new release. Completed in 1977 the Piano Sonatina is a score of exquisite delicacy with shafts of brilliant light—just as we find in Ravel—to inject radiant colours. What he did compose comes from early or late in his life, the two-movement Piano Sonata having been written eight years later in 1985. More weighty in texture, the style had changed little, though it has a greater degree of gravitas. Another two years had passed and we come to the Prelude and Toccata, a score in two movements, the toccata a test of the pianist’s dexterity and fun to hear. The remaining three solo piano works come from the 1930’s, the Intermezzo a delightful Chopin inspired score. A short, playful and jazzy Violin Sonata, that the violinist, Silvia Mazzon, obviously enjoys, ends the disc. Most impressive piano playing throughout from Goran Filipec in very good sound quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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