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Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, January 2018

This delightful young artist delivers this all-19th-century program with invigorating panache. Her approach overall is modern, in the sense that her rhythms are regular and her pacing is on the brisk side (but not rushed). The Schubert Impromptus are especially lucid in texture, and Asuka finds a lovely variety of tonal shading to add a subtle drama to the music. These characteristics are even more compelling in the Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs, where Asuka carefully isolates the melody line that would otherwise be sung. The word that kept coming up in my mind as I listened to Asuka was “crisp.” © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Alan Becker
American Record Guide, November 2017

Another young and talented pianist. Ms Asuka is the sister of Alice Sara Ott… Like her sister, she is of German-Japanese parentage and is fetching in appearance.

Schubert’s well known set of Impromptus is played with great control, beautiful tone, and dramatic flair when required. The four songs (‘Barcarolle’, ‘Du bist die Ruh’, ‘Standchen’, and ‘Der Wanderer’) continue to show her ability to caress the keyboard with lovely tonal shadings. The Italian excerpts from Annees de Pelerinage attest to her excellent technical equipment. The piano sound is rich and deep. This is an impressive and most welcome addition to the catalog. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jed Distler
Gramophone, October 2017

…Asuka’s singing tone reveals itself in ‘Du bist die Ruh’, and her bassregister rumbles in ‘Der Wanderer’ project the kind of shattering intensity this score requires. …the ‘Canzone’ grabs your attention via the pianist’s power and unabashed rhetoric. She conveys the disparate dramatic qualities of the Tarantella’s contrasting sections… © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, October 2017

The German-Japanese pianist Mona Asuka shows an amazing maturity for one so young in this program of Schubert and Liszt interpretations. © 2017 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review





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