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Alex Baran
The WholeNote, December 2015

Much of it is programmatically linked to historical episodes of the Bahai’ faith but all of it is delivered through the keyboard vocabulary of Liszt, Chopin and Schumann. Jaberi is a gifted player and composer. His work offers a rare glimpse in an unusual direction. © 2015 The Wholenote Read complete review

Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, November 2015

…[Jaberi] displays wonderful virtuosity in his playing… The recorded sound is excellent, as usual. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

Born in Bahrain in 1973 and raised in Qatar, Afshin Jaberi was, as a teenager self-taught, both as a pianist and composer, moving to Hungary in 1991 to study at the Franz Liszt Academy. Exceptionally gifted, he soon began to give concerts around Europe, his First Ballade bringing him early recognition as a new and interesting musical voice. He had, from the outset, settled into the stylistic period of early Scriabin and Rachmaninov, his ability to offer a strong thematic base to his works generated by their title and his religious beliefs. That is evinced in the passion of the three-movement Sonatas where he would wish to communicate that all faiths are equally valid, and that each has been based on a messenger who has come from God. In his music we will encounter the inner meanings of The Seeker, The Faith of Peace and The Bedouin. That he has been well schooled in Western sonata form is shown in the slow central movements surrounded by two well-constructed faster ones, the final Rondo of the Third carrying joy in the faith of a united future. The Ballads I find rather rhapsodic in nature, the extended second, ‘Eroica’, in need of tightening. Since these works were completed, Jaberi has largely left the world of music to further the family business interests. That really is a pity, for he is obviously a pianist of very high quality. The recordings, made in Singapore, convey Jaberi’s wide dynamic range and his ability to create a vast range of tonal colours. The disc forms part of a new range of performer/composer discs. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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