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Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, July 2013

…this is one of the most natural-sounding piano recordings I have heard. I am still a proponent of surround sound for piano and small ensembles, but Yarlung has achieved something quite special here, and they make sure in the booklet notes to credit the involvement of Weiss also as critical to the process. The result is a close, breathable, and analog softness with digital clarity.

But as in every other recording, the music’s the thing, and if the performances are bad it doesn’t really matter—just a great recording of a lousy rendition. Not the case here—Weiss’s performances are every bit the equal of the superlative recordings they enjoy. His Bach is crisp, elemental, and tonally opulent… The Scriabin was unexpected after the Bach—a true Jekyll and Hyde release as Weiss pours through the work with passion and an unequalled sense of impressionistic dynamism, which is perfect for this piece.

Weiss shows an amazing ability to adapt to the stylistic needs of each work without overwhelming them with his own personality.

…I recommend this wholeheartedly, and with some urgency. Riveting pianism coupled with extraordinary technology makes for a very engrossing 74 minutes. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review





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