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Alan Becker
American Record Guide, January 2017

FRIEDMAN, I.: Original Piano Compositions (J. Banowetz) GP711
FRIEDMAN, I.: Piano Transcriptions (Banowetz) GP712

Fine recording, good notes, and playing of notable expertise. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Robert Nemecek
Piano News, November 2016

Joseph Banowetz imbues these piano miniatures with such charm that they linger long in the ear. © 2016 Piano News

Dave Saemann
Fanfare, September 2016

These are great performances, with lightning reflexes and quicksilver changes in mood. Banowetz clearly has studied them, but to his credit does not try to imitate them. Rather he has assimilated much of their musical values and tonal shadings into his own beautifully molded sound. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, September 2016

Banowetz has great pianistic fun with the charming moments of Friedman’s writing and invests the lyrical material with a significant depth of feeling. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, September 2016

Banowetz is not only a superb performer of the music here, but he also has subtly refashioned their idiom to suit modern tastes. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Jonathan Welsh
MusicWeb International, August 2016

All of the pieces here are impeccably recorded and played. Over his career, Joseph Banowetz has made many recordings and he sounds very much at home in this repertoire. …It’s certainly a disc for those who favour out of the way early twentieth century piano music and perhaps those who are familiar with works by Godowsky. There is a similar perfumed elegance found in much of the music here. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Hartmut Hein, July 2016

Banowetz does not claim to be the “savior” of this repertoire or to be a virtuoso equivalent to Friedman himself, but he is a sober and competent advocate of a musical world which is all about enjoyment of concertant conversation and picturesque understatement. © 2016

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2016

Even in the primitive quality of his recordings, we recognise the Polish-born Ignaz Friedman as one of the greatest pianists born in the later years of the 19th century. The booklet with this new release relates some statistics of a career that included almost three thousand concert appearances around the world in addition to his life as a composer, arranger and teacher. He was a incredibly gifted infant prodigy who was to continue the traditions of Liszt who had died just four years before Friedman’s birth. If you are coming to his compositions by virtue of this disc, you will find a composer of miniatures brought together to form larger works, such a the nine cameos that comprise Stimmungen. Stylistically, it is a marriage of Chopin and Liszt that was then decorated in the most elaborate manner, most of the disc being given to the period 1915–1918 and we do find a more sophisticated approach emerging over the period, while his four Klavierstucke from 1908 were almost simple childish salon pieces. Today it would not seem to add up to much, but when you place it in the hands of the American virtuoso pianist, Joseph Banowetz, it becomes a fascinating feast of myriads of notes that have the clarity to bewitch the ear. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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