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Juan Carlos Moreno
Ritmo, April 2018

[Kapralova’s] music moves between neoclassicism and modernism, characteristic of the interwar period, always with an original freshness… Giorgio Koukl presents these with pieces with his usual effectiveness. © 2018 Ritmo

Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, July 2017

The sonorous tone of pianist Giorgio Koukl is ideal for [the early Sonata Appassionata], and he plays the others forcefully as well. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

MusMag Italia, June 2017

Giorgio Koukl casts the beauty and complexity of Kapralova’s music in the best possible light, thereby enabling the composer’s legacy to 20th-century European music to be known and appreciated. © 2017 MusMag Italia

Marco del Vaglio
Nuova e Nostra, June 2017

The recording is realized by the Prague-born pianist, cembalist and composer Giorgio Koukl. He confirms his known interpretational qualities with high standard applied on these very interesting and sometimes extremely difficult Kaprálová works. © 2017 Nuova e Nostra

Patrick Szersnovicz
Diapason, May 2017

The playing of Koukl, lively, overflowing with fantasy, (being a fully qualified expert of Martinů), underlines all the singularity of this music (…) we can so discover, thanks to him, important pages overflowing with juvenile energy and fresh ideas of the most fascinating women of music’s history—Kaprálová. © 2017 Diapason

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2017

Giorgio Koukl gives us an impassioned and well burnished performance of these gems. There is a quasi-romantic veneer to the earliest especially, a touching impressionistic lyricism that breaks through with a near breathtaking loveliness (hear the “April Preludes”) and a budding modernist-folkish originality that has a strong Czech component but as a whole creates a world we would not otherwise know.

Very recommended. © 2017 Read complete review

Peter Herbert
Dvorák Society Newsletter, April 2017

…[this CD] is up to the permanent high standards of the Grand Piano label and the performances and interpretations are exemplary. …this maybe repertoire virtually unknown but what a treat it is and is utterly impossible not to recommend it wholeheartedly. © 2017 Dvorák Society Newsletter

Classica, April 2017

The curious…will appreciate the freshness of the writing, influenced by both French Impressionism and the Classicism of Martinů during the interwar years, with some remnants of Scriabin’s Romanticism. Interesting. © 2017 Classica

John Allison
BBC Music Magazine, April 2017

The masterpieces here are the April Preludes and Variations du le Carillon de l’église St Etienne Du-Mont, but it is good to hear them in context of works all reflecting Kaprálová’s early emotional and pianistic maturity. Koukl’s project is admirably conceived and performed… © 2017 BBC Music Magazine

Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, March 2017

This disc was a revelation, illuminating as it does an amazing and surprising talent that burned for an altogether too brief period between the two world wars and whose conducting abilities were also recognised at the time with her becoming a real pathfinder as one of the first women conductors. [Kaprálová’s] music is brought to life with exciting clarity by Giorgio Koukl who always delivers performances designed to champion whichever composer he has turned his attention to. This is a fabulous, thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating disc of truly inspirational music… © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Norman Lebrecht
Musical Toronto, February 2017

Giorgio Koukl’s chronicle of [Kaprálová’s] life at the piano provides compelling listening. © 2017 Musical Toronto Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, February 2017

…the highest honor I can give [Giorgio Koukl] is that he focuses the listener’s attention on what the music has to say. This does not mean that he plays in a placid, straightforward manner with no feeling or dynamics—on the contrary, his playing is incredibly passionate—only that it matches the mood of the music so well that you remain riveted to what Kaprálová is saying in the music. That is the mark of a great interpreter, to make you hear the music and what it is saying without imposing a quirky interpretation on top of it.

All in all, this is a thoroughly fascinating disc and a great introduction to a composer who definitely deserves to be better known. © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, February 2017

It is good to see pianists of the stature of Giorgio Koukl putting out to largely uncharted waters. …The results in this first account of Kaprálová’s complete piano music are stirringly impressive… © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2017

The death in 1940 at the age of twenty-five, of the Czech-born, Vítězslava Kaprálová, took from the world one of its most interesting and talented emerging composers. Falling into the trap of extrapolating the career of those musicians who prematurely leave this world, can end up creating an end point far greater than they would ever have achieved. So let me be content in saying that within this disc of her complete solo piano music, there are signs that she was highly gifted. It covers a period in her life when she was still much influenced by others that were still working in the Romantic era, and she had yet to fully embrace the new twentieth century contemporary style that was sweeping across Europe. Aged just eighteen when she composed the Sonata Appassionata, a score full of likeable melodic invention that had not forgotten the era of Rachmaninov, only to end with a Vivo in a new and totally different style. Even the more extended works are mostly formed by short cameo sections, often no more than vignettes lasting a few seconds, and we are left wondering what she would have composed in a more extended framework. There are fleeting moments, such as the finale of April Preludes where she points out where she was going, then more explicitly expressed the following year, 1938, in the St. Etienne-du-Mont Variations where Martinu’s influence as her teacher becomes apparent. We are then left wondering, what might have been? As in many previous discs, Giorgio Koukl proves a guardian for unknown music, his Swiss engineers giving him a reliable sound quality. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

Records International, February 2017

Despite her tragically brief life, Kaprálová is now considered the most important female Czech composer of the 20th century, her prolific output abundant with fresh and bold ideas, passion, tenderness and youthful energy. This in-depth exploration, representing some of the very best of her music, such as the April Preludes (1937), the exquisite and sophisticated Variations (1938), the remarkable Sonata appassionata of 1933 and her final Dance (1940), reconstructed by the pianist from its only surviving sketch. © 2017 Records International

Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, January 2017

…a fabulous, thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating disc of truly inspirational music. © 2017 MusicWeb International

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