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Alex Baran
The WholeNote, September 2015

[Karim Said] plays as if he were a seer of some kind. The sonatas by Berg and Janáček are fine examples of this, especially the second movement of the Janáček, titled Death. The transcendence of this is powerful and reaches far beyond the mere notes and the composer’s other markings. Similarly, his performance of Bartók’s Three Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes seems so perfect a cultural iteration that Said’s birthplace, Amman, Jordan, seems a universe distant. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review



Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, July 2015

[Karim Said’s] tone is consistently warm and shows a fine sense of line. The Berg is particularly elegant, with a subtle and ongoing use of rubato, a gradual development of intensity, and a capacity for maintaining the independence of several competing voices.

Listeners will get a great deal from this recording. It is musically very accomplished. It is also informative and intellectually challenging. Also, the sound quality is ideal. Highest recommendation. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, April 2015

This is one of those rare occasions when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This thematic recital tells a musical story. The story is a familiar one…told through an artful selection and juxtaposition of piano pieces. Very inventive and highly recommended. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2015

Jordanian born pianist Karim Said plays his very interesting program of late romanticism with much intellectual force and introspection…he has in his constantly warm piano sound and his measured and beautiful playing enough tension to keep the listener’s attention alive throughout over 70 minutes. © 2015 Pizzicato Read complete review




Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, March 2015

[Karim Said] presents six engagingly diverse examples of piano works…

…classily produced and superbly executed disc… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, January 2015

Said shows himself to be a wonderfully full-blooded interpreter of this music, in which the vestiges of late romanticism constantly butt up against the early stirrings of modernism. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review





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