"...This Carneval will make you smile, admireand wonder that something new to say about an old brew is still possible. As with Ammara’s recording of Chopin’s Ballads, her Schumann plaing is really something special - something to make one sit up and take notice. No matter how may performances you might already have of these works, the special treasures you will find here are of unique value.The notes are perceptive, and the sound beyond reproach. Dare I ask for more Schumann?
Becker - American Record Guide - October 2011
"A wonderful performance of Davidsbündlertänze in big robust surround sound. It’s a lovely performance, as is the whole of her [Alessandra Ammara’s] rendition of Davidsbündlertänze. Very much recommended!" ****½
Lee Passarella - Audiophile Audition - 8 June 2011
Recording of the Month
"Eternally fascinating and really rather special. "
"Much impressed by Alessandra Ammara’s recording of Giacinto Scelsi’s Preludes, I was more than enthusiastic about hearing her tackle these ‘essence of Romanticism’ masterpieces.
Given state of the art sound with an excellent piano recording, every nuance of Ammara’s performance is held up for close scrutiny, and to my ears she comes up trumps with just about every aspect of Carnaval... Ammara’s touch makes the notes rounded and small, almost reluctant to leave the soundboard of the piano...
This is a performance which leaves no stone unturned, and which grips from beginning to end, and I am full of admiration for Ammara’s craft in achieving this... To my mind this recording is something rather special. There are magical moments all over the place, and the richness of variety in colour, breathtaking sonorities and breadth of expression which Alessandra Ammara brings from a bunch of hammers and metal strings stretched over a plank of wood is something which remains eternally fascinating... If I don’t choose this as one of my discs of the year, put it down to administrative error."
Dominy Clements - MusicWeb International - 2 November 2010
"...this release is to be celebrated. In terms of the interpretation, level-headed Schumann is a welcome change from some of the more emotionally charged offerings out there. It’s probably not how the composer himself would have played this music, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing."
Gavin Dixon - MusicWeb International - 21 October 2010
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