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Adrian Corleonis
Fanfare, November 2018

Endres has the Barcarolles pretty well in hand, making for lapidary pretty-prettiness and mellifluous ennui. These lingering, languishing accounts strive for seductiveness and achieve … well, something else. As one noted practitioner of the musical arts averred, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” I came to the end—several times (give the man a chance)—wondering if I still believed in this music, that is, after a half-century of delight in it. Only after spinning Charles Owen’s classic gondola excursions—alive with crackle, narrative, and, yes, swing—was my faith restored. Good news, the gondola’s comin’ (Avie 2240, Fanfare 35:2). Oehms’s under the hood sound is transparently detailed. © 2018 Fanfare



Jed Distler
Gramophone, July 2018

Endres’s approach effectively illuminates No 8’s volatile shifts in mood and dynamics. His apt inflections in No 12 transpire within the parameters of a steady, anchoring pulse. Is it my imagination, or does the left-hand ostinato foreshadow Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Send in the clowns’? In all, the mastery and individual imprint that distinguishes this splendidly engineered release is only to be expected of Michael Endres, whose large and wide-ranging discography may be one of the piano world’s best kept secrets. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, May 2018

Michael Endres brilliantly captures the gentle elegance and sublimity of these character pieces, and because he plays with a refinement that stops well short of preciosity, the performances convey sentiment without a trace of sentimentality, and exude a sophistication that at times seems quite modern, suggestive of Poulenc avant la lettre. © 2018 AllMusic.com Read complete review



James Harrington
American Record Guide, November 2006

Michael Endres has just the right approach to Fauré: always allow the melody to come through, but let all of those fascinating accompaniment figurations ebb and flow beneath the melody. Like Chopin’s Nocturnes, you will find an occasional big, loud, and even showy section in some Barcarolles. While Endres has all the subtlety and panache you could ever want, he also has power and passion when it is called for. The bottom line, for someone whose greatest compositional achievement is probably his songs with piano accompaniment, is melody. © 2018 American Record Guide  Read complete review on American Record Guide





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