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Anja Renczikowski - Piano News magazine (Germany) - September/October 2014
"...Haefliger, who is 52 this year, is an artist at his peak: confident, serene, consummately lyrical. Exhibitionism and pretence are antithetical to his musical personality. He seldom insists and never overwhelms. His Orphic magnetism invites rather than commands rapt attention. Our reward is a vision of musical architecture second to none and a tender, profoundly cultivated sensibility from which flows unimpeded, pure as a spring."
Patrick Rucker - International Record Review - September 2014
"... This CD is the sixth in a worthy serie in which Haefliger juxtaposes Beethoven with related composers, a refreshing change to the stultifying custom of single-composer recitals and CDs. Further variety comes from four of Luciano Berio’s Six Encores, written between 1965 and 1990. These are not encores in the sense of virtuoso displays, but rather Italianare examples of meditative lyricism with sound laboratory research effects that will appeal to brainier fans of contemporary music. Haefliger renders them with clarity and a sobriety of purpose that recalls the gavity of his much-admired father, tenor Ernst Haefliger (1919-2007)." ****
Benjamin Ivry - International Piano magazine - September/October 2014
"... A uncluttered, beautifully wrought finale concludes one of Haefliger’s most satisfying releases."
Jed Distler - Gramophone magazine - August 2014
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"...This is a disc to give balm to the soul."
Michael Tanner - BBC Music magazine - August 2014
"... an interestingly put together recital programme in which the Beethoven and Schumann works are interleavedwith the four miniatures named after the elements of the ancient world - earth, air, fire and water ... Tken as a whole, they link together a very satidfying sequence ..." ***
Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 23 May 2014
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