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Alan Becker
American Record Guide, March 2018

Olivier Chauzu may not be Greek, but he has immersed himself thoroughly in the special requirements of this music. The notes and recording quality are top notch. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Stuart Sillitoe
MusicWeb International, January 2018

The excellent playing of Olivier Chauzu is committed throughout, he has a nice touch in these unusual pieces, hopefully bringing them to a new audience, and they deserve it. The booklet notes are excellent, in that they give a good introduction to both the composer and all aspects of his music. Good sound too, with the Steinway D being captured in all its glory. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Bertrand Boissard
Diapason, January 2018

Olivier Chauzu overcomes the challenges in these virtuoso works with great ease. A very beautiful discovery. © 2018 Diapason

Records International, November 2017

Kalomiris’ studies in Vienna and first job teaching in Kharkov are reflected in the three Ballades of 1905-06 which dark, passionate utterances with a decidedly Russian flavor. Greek folk music and Impressionism color the two Rhapsodies (1921) before he turned to creating a Greek national school based on authentic Greek folk songs as in the three sets of 11 pieces that make up For Greek Children. © 2017 Records International

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, October 2017

Olivier Chauzu is a dedicated musician, willing to surrender his skills and sympathies to advocate the music of composers whose reputations have been washed away by time or compromised by clouds of inimical witnesses. …Chauzu trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, studying with Gabriel Tacchino, Théodore Paraskivesko, Jean-Claude Pennetier and György Sebök. At other times he was taught by Leon Fleisher, Vitaly Margoulis and Dmitri Bashkirov. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2017

Born in Smyrna in 1883, Manolis Kalomiris is regarded by many as the father of Greek classical music, his aim being to create a national school of composition. His mature musical education took place in Vienna where he lived through the birth of the Second Viennese School without becoming influenced by any of its elements. His first job was as a piano teacher in that part of Russia we now know as the Ukraine, where he immersed himself in the music of the region. Yet, as you go through the present disc, containing piano works from much of his long life, you will find many influences, Liszt, Chopin and Pierne among them. The three Ballades come from his final years as a student in 1905, and already you will find an extremely fine composer for the keyboard, the weighty and brilliant textures enough to tempt any virtuoso, the Third a particularly exciting and dramatic score. The two Rhapsodies from 1921 were later orchestrated and their complex writing is ideal for such a transformation, while at the piano they are a challenge to any performer. In the five short Preludes we find his intention of bringing Greek folk music into his scores, though it was wrapped up in the mainstream works of the 1930’s. Throughout his career, he worked within the field of educating the young, Ya Ta Hellinopoula Vol. 1–3 (For Greek Children) being a compendium of delightful and simple pieces he wrote for that purpose. The disc is completed by three short early works, Nocturne, Patinada (Serenade) and Anatoliki Zografia (Oriental Picture). Throughout, Olivier Chauzu presents the music with a passion and, when called upon, an enviable virtuosity that makes this excellently recorded disc a top recommendation. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

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