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Ryan Vigil
American Record Guide, May 2014

Susanne Kessel has put together a unique and interesting tribute to Messiaen.

Kessel’s playing is nuanced and assured…this unique treatment did create a special environment of appreciation and aesthetic reflection that I found interesting. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, December 2013

Ms Kessel has chosen carefully seven Messiaen works and added quite appropriately Takemitsu’s “Rain Tree Sketch II In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen”.

Every work is a gem…and Susanne Kessel gives us poetic, authoritative interpretations. She captures the essence of Messiaen in ways that…seem virtually effortless in their flow and conversational phrasings. All the more impressive this is, since many of the works are by no means easy to play well.

Of course Messiaen’s solo piano works are among the most important, influential, and beautiful of all that were composed last century. Susanne gives you a tantalizing glimpse of why that is so, with such conviction that I for one wish she would tackle the whole corpus.

Breathtaking. © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review





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