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Alex Baran
The WholeNote, March 2019

Fiolia is a natural performer for this genre. Something about the dance form, regardless of its origin or style, seems to draw from her a fluid response that sways with the music. Her keyboard technique makes an instant impression. She has a touch that in rapid repeats throws the hammer against the strings in a way that must challenge the double escapement action that makes it possible. She relies less on pedalling than many pianists and the result is a highly articulated clarity that respects the inner harmonies of Glinka’s writing. © 2019 The WholeNote Read complete review



Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, November 2018

The Valse-Fantaisie, one of Glinka’s masterpieces, is most often encountered in its later orchestral guise; but there’s an added intimacy to the piano version, especially when played with the attention to its shifting character we get here. Then, too, the less familiar Chopin-shadowed Mazurka in C is played with just the right touch of mournfulness—and the Waltz in E♭ has an infectious dizziness. In fact, though, everything here is played with affection; and while you might not want to listen to this disc straight through, wherever you choose to start, you’ll be gratified. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Alan Becker
American Record Guide, November 2018

The young German-Georgian pianist plays with zest, energy, and just the right amount of temperament to make it all sound convincing. Excellent notes and sound. © 2018 American Record Guide  Read complete review on American Record Guide





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