Tatiana Nikolayeva: The 1989 Herodes Atticus Odeon Recital | First Hand Records FHR046

Tatiana Nikolayeva: The 1989 Herodes Atticus Odeon Recital


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Label: First Hand Records

Cat No: FHR046

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental



Recorded: 16 September 1989, Herodes Atticus Odeon, Athens, Greece

“Piano epic… Another world… gripping” - Norman Lebrecht

“Admittedly not every recording showed her at her imperious best, but this one, given four years before her death, certainly does… the E flat French Suite is simply joyous, thanks to its unfailing energy, perfectly weighted touch and beautifully imagined layering of texture and dynamics… the recording quality is exceptional, sacrificing nothing of the sense of occasion that emanates from the playing. As a first release, this is quite a discovery.”  - Gramophone, November 2016, ‘Critics Choice’

“Nikolayeva in her sixties has extraordinary power tempered with tenderness; her Bach is gloriously grand, her Ravel as delicate as her Schumann is ultra-serious. A splendid concert…”
  - BBC Music Magazine

“Nikolayeva, like her predecessor Maria Yudina, emphasized a crisp, clear style of playing, each note emerging as pure as a drop of water in a mountain stream, and this is evident throughout this wonderful recital… One of the great delights of this recital is the exceptional recorded sound, so realistic and clear that it could easily have been recorded in a studio. A wonderful release.” - artmusiclounge

“The French Suite’s opening Allemande is delightfully voiced, its Menuet rhythmically alert, its Air pliantly nimble and the Gigue strongly bass-etched... The restoration has been finely done, with good engineering…” - Musicweb-International

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