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Gramophone, July 2017

A fine set of performances of pieces by Clara Schumann, delicately played by Mika Sasaki and with a detailed, vibrant recording from Yarlung Records. © 2017 Gramophone



Scott Noriega
Fanfare, May 2017

…Mika Sasaki does a fine job of bringing this music to life. In general, though, I find her sound to be a bit heavy and not quite as lush and legato as some of the sweeping passages, …In moments where balance, contrapuntal clarity, and a singing line are demanded, she excels. I don’t always agree with her musical decisions, but when they work, they work well… © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, March 2017

Played adeptly and with passion, Schumann’s Scherzo is simple, but has a lovely singing tone and a shot of drama. The Preludes and Fugues are more solidly situated in the romantic tradition; the fugues are played with much conviction and clarity of voicing.

It is nice to hear Clara’s Variations, as compared to the more famous and substantial Brahms; the treatment is highly romantic and full of arpeggiations, much in the vein of Chopin or even Mendelssohn. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, October 2016

…Mika Sasaki strikes a happy medium between sensitivity of phrasing and boldness of attack. Her tone is rich and full with a wide range of dynamics and a judicious use of pedal. © 2016 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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