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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, May 2017

…Smirnova plays with a little more muscle than is usual, stripping away the layers of mist other pianists convey in the music and letting in sunshine and a sense of vitality instead. It all works just fine, yielding a performance almost unique in its own more epic way…

…these are quite outstanding performances from a pianist who, frankly, should be better known. Highly recommended. © 2017 Classical Net Read complete review

James Harrington
American Record Guide, May 2017

The greatness of both works means that a respectable performance is still enjoyable, and Smirnova has a velvet touch when it comes to the quieter sections of both—unusual for Russian-trained pianists. She has the technique to handle the many technical challenges. This is well worth hearing, especially if this unusual combination of pieces appeals to you. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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