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Paul Kennedy
Audiophile Audition, January 2014

The performer on this album, Joanne Pearce Martin, is the keyboard principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Even beyond the levels of concert soloists and teachers, I believe an orchestral player needs to have the highest degree of competence and precision. These are truly on display here, but even more evident is Martin’s passion for the full range of piano music.

This is Martin’s first project for Yarlung Records, and Producer Bob Attiyeh seems justifiably proud of it. He secured a great piano, installed it in the excellent acoustics of Zipper Hall at Colburn School in Los Angeles, and recorded with a minimum number of the highest-quality components, some of his own creation. And all the Yarlungs are pressed on gold CDs. The result is a disc providing a most pleasurable excursion through three centuries of piano masterpieces. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Alan Becker
American Record Guide, September 2012

Chopin’s Ballade 1 in G minor is molded with arresting flexibility and a willingness to slow appreciably to emphasize emotional upheaval. Without going over the top, Martin makes quite an adventure of the piece.

…Gernot Wolfgang’s Night Shift…exploits elements of his jazz guitar background. Its qualities are elusive, always tasteful, and saturated with interesting harmonic shifts, rather than rhythmic devices. The overall effect is like a miniature tone poem that remains on the fringe of a dark but expressive world.

Robert Muczynski’s Prelude 2 is the briefest of the pieces here. It, along with Mark Carlson’s For Those Silenced are the most interesting of the contemporary part of the program. When the sounds have terminated one actually wishes they had been extended even more.

Martin plays each with clarity and expression. The recording is good…It is about time this talented artist gave us a solo recital, and this one fills the bill nicely. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

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