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Raymond Beegle
Fanfare, May 2020

Jamina Gerl is a solid musician with a solid technique. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

Guido Krawinkel
Klassik heute, April 2020

The pianist takes this music earnestly, illuminates its stylistic qualities and musical characteristics. And she manages to rouse curiosity about Ferdinand Pfohl and his music. © 2020 Klassik heute

Bruno Repp
American Record Guide, March 2020

This generous program introduces us to the music of Ferdinand Pfohl (1862-1949).

…They are enjoyable and show Pfohl’s increased individuality. Jamina Gerl plays everything quite excellently… © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Burkhard Schäfer
Musik und Tanz, March 2020

Two great piano cycles that are definitely to be (re)discovered—“Strandbilder” (1892) and the more than 40 minutes long “Suite élégiaque” (1894)—have found their master pianist in Jamina Gerl. […] This CD is fantastic! © 2020 Musik und Tanz

Jim Westhead
MusicWeb International, November 2019

I have very much enjoyed the two major, more mature works on this well recorded, performed and extremely long CD. The booklet notes are informative, occasionally technical and plead Pfohl’s case eloquently.

It would be nice if Pfohl’s lost Sea Symphony were to come to light, because on the showing here, it could well prove to be a lovely piece. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Guy Engels
Pizzicato, November 2019

Strandbilder (Beach Pictures) is a very atmospheric walk through the dunes. Jamina Gerl depicts with great sensitivity the roaring of the sea surf, the sea spray, and takes us gently to the ‘Cemetery of the Nameless’. Especially in this fourth movement, the pianist underlines the typical romantic motif of the wanderer in all its declensions and shades. © 2019 Pizzicato Read complete review

Records International, November 2019

Esteemed as one of Germany’s leading music critics, Pfohl never lost a passion for composition. He wrote highly individual works for his own instrument, the piano, conceiving cycles that reveal harmonic daring and sophistication, often evocative of developments in impressionism. As Strandbilder (‘Beach Pictures’, from 1892) shows, he mastered tonal painting- while in the compositional unity of the 1894 Suite elegiaque (five pieces totaling 42 minutes), Bohemian and Russian elements mingle with the influence of one of his great heroes, Grieg. The latter is paid homage in a huge 18-minute rhapsody from 1882. © 2019 Records International

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2019

At very differing times, Ferdinand Pfohl and myself have lived very parallel lives in the world of music, much of his eighty three years been given to music journalism.

He was also successful in the world of composition with a considerable list of works that were performed and admired during his lifetime, though today it is almost all forgotten. Indeed this seems to be the only recording of his music presently available, the twelve tracks of piano music written between 1882 and 1894. I suppose, like most music critics, he fall into the trap of writing in much the same style as the music he reviewed, though don’t let that deter you from a very attractive release. The two most extended works rely on scene painting, the first Standbilder (Beach Pictures), resides in the world of Grieg, yet with the ability to capture so many differing moods, the thematic material always highly attractive as we move from the opening, Hunting the Waves, to the final bouncy Frisian Dance Scene. The Suite Elegiaque is in five movements conventional in layout with a warm and lyric central Moment Musical followed by a fast and gleeful Scherzo bohemien. Don’t be mislead, the final item is a Nordic Rhapsody in the style of Grieg, but not using themes of that composer. Dating from 1882, it was his first large-scale piano work. Yes he was not yet in the world of this sizeable score, but it showed promise. Certainly the young German-born pianist, Jamina Gerl, has found an affinity with Pfohl who she obviously enjoys. Now maybe we will have some of his music from his mature years? © 2019 David’s Review Corner

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