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Scott Noriega
Fanfare, January 2013

…there is such a variety of styles present in [Ernst Krenek’s] compositions…that would appeal to just about everyone’s tastes: some moments inspired by jazz, other moments inspired by past composers or by folk-music, passages of simplicity and tunefulness, others of complex atonal counterpoint…Stanislav Khristenko proves to be an invaluable guide. His acute sense of rhythm in the second piano sonata…helps to bring a sense of not only propulsion and movement, but also a sense of the dance to it. The Little Suite of 1922 is a strange work: While most of its six movements (Allemande, Sarabande, Gavotte, Waltz, Fugue, Foxtrot) inhabit quite different sound worlds, they come together admirably to form a cohesive whole…Krenek said that “the suite was meant to be funny.” Khristenko certainly brings that light-hearted character to the fore. The seventh and final piano sonata…written at the ripe old age of 88, shows Krenek to still be an explorer of musical possibilities. It is…a rather remarkable performance of a late and austere work. With very fine performances in detailed and spacious sound, this makes a very fine addition to those looking to expand their horizons, or to those who relish this music already. Recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, November 2012

A quintessential work of the Weimar Republic, Jonny makes its presence known in all the early Krenek works on this release…

Khristenko wisely includes the Third Sonata…it’s a beautiful piece and should be programmed much more often than it is. Khristenko…plays the music expertly. I hope he records the other five sonatas. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

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