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Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, November 2015

…the 34-year-old Schimpf has more than enough sensitivity, depth, and subtlety for these enigmatic works. And, most important, he has a specific, individual musical personality, balanced by a deep understanding of compositional structure. I will be following his career with great interest. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, September 2015

Schimpf’s Brahms exhibits a keen sense of structure. He shapes individual phrases, but more important, he feels how each phrase is organically connected to the piece as a whole. Schimpf brings plenty of energy to the music…

As for the Beethoven, Schimpf’s interpretation is mature and refined. The sound quality throughout the disc is clean and balanced… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, August 2015

Alexander Schimpf…is memorably attuned to the bittersweet melancholy of late Brahms (Op 119) and, sensing a foretaste of Debussy’s Impressionism and most intimate confidences, continues with a selection from Images, Book 2. Here he evokes a world where natural phenomena are endowed with mystery and enigma… Beethoven’s Op 111 Sonata represents more than a sea change but here, in the first movement, Schimpf’s fleetness becomes a soft-focus alternative to a more elemental outpouring. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Stephen Wright
American Record Guide, July 2015

Mr. Schimpf is strong in Brahms’s last work for piano solo, every downbeat felt, with propulsive, conventional tempos, muscular yet sensitive. Schimpf has a solid left hand and rhythmic drive, is careful with the pedal, preserving a meaty bass line without sacrificing clarity. These are satisfying readings. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, January 2015

With refined nuances and subtle colors, Alexander Schimpf excels in the poetic passages of this worthwhile program. © 2015 Pizzicato





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