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Alan Becker
American Record Guide, September 2013

Sonata 1 by Brahms is a bold choice to introduce this artist. “Impressive” is the first word that comes to mind on listening to the performance. The pianist…has definite ideas as to how the music should go. His conception is clearly formed and never are we given a feeling of groping along with a concept yet to be fully formed. It’s one of the best I have heard of this work.

Schumann’s Fantasiestucke Op 111, Shows us exactly what the benefits are when the pedal is kept under control. The first piece sweeps us along with its agitated and passionate writing. All is resolute, and this pianist wins us over once again with the breadth of his understanding and his ability to convey it to us.

Paying homage to his native land, Martino has chosen the work of Brazilian composer Edino Kreiger…It’s both terrific and memorable.

The notes are interesting, and the sound has depth and spaciousness. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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