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Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, September 2013

…Lukas Vondracek…shows awareness of musical style and pianistic textures…Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations is not one his best-known works, but Vondracek plays it as if it were; the fully engaged interpretation sounds as if he’s been playing it for many years. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, September 2013

Lukáš Vondráček is an enormously talented pianist…his playing is rock-solid—notable especially for its expert voicing and its unfailing precision with respect to accents, touch, and rhythm.

In sum, a solid pianist with a strong streak of invention…this well-engineered disc has its own rewards, and can be recommended especially warmly as an introduction to a pianist from whom I expect to hear a lot. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, June 2013

Whatever Vondráček does, he is a spellbinder. In the opening Allegro inquieto…Vondráček runs gleefully through a pianistic minefield of nervous rhythms and violent, cluster-like chords. He is more restrained, effectively so, in the intimately beautiful slow movement, Andante caloroso…The finale, marked Precipitato, explores under Vondráček’s fingers, with pungent triads punctuating the headlong impetus of the music, taxing the pianist’s dexterity to the limit, and finally exploding in a thunderous cascade of octaves at the very end, calculated to bring an audience to its feet. The Haydn, on the other hand, requires the utmost in refinement, discretion and restraint from the performer. Vondráček shows these qualities admirably in the opening movement, as he carefully shapes the contours of what might pass for a delightful opera buffa overture. He shows himself to good advantage in the various deft articulations called for in the music. The dazzling display of virtuosity in the Allegro molto is punctuated by some of the composer’s most outrageous musical jokes in the form of deliberate wrong notes, chords that fracture and fall apart, and absurdly cautious pauses, all of which add up to some very delicious fun.

In music that varies in character between quiet meditation and Mussorgskyan passion, our artist never lets the intensity or the listener’s attention flag. © 2013 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review





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