"...This disc has much to recommend it, most of all the impression of genuine heart at its centre..."
Jessica Duchen - International Piano - January/February 2012
Performance ***** Recording *****
"Amid a plethora of recordings of Bach’s keyboard concertos, many of them recent, Nick van Bloss can claim the remarkable achievement of creating a thoroughly distinctive sound. No one else matches the crystalline clarity of his fingering, his ability to find motifs and figures hidden in the textures, and his hypnotic driving sense of pulse... The English Chamber Orchestra is infected by his his inspiration, while the recording is beautifully balanced and alive."
George Pratt - BBC Music magazine - March 2012
‘...precision is paramount, and Van Bloss employs it here to mesmerizing effect...’
"Nick’s recording of Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’, NI 6136, released in January 2011 by Nimbus Records, was met with universal acclaim:‘Blissful freshness of approach... delicious... Fascinating...’
International Piano Magazine
‘..sublime poetry, playfulness and, above all, a relish of what the modern piano can bring to this music in terms of dynamics, colour and articulation.’
The Sunday Times
"Album of the Week"
"This fine recording is unusual thanks to van Bloss’s approach to ornamentation, which doesn’t always follow the conventional practices. He has a way of putting a bloom on the notes in the slow movements, which sing beautifully: the music emerges with pristine freshness."
Michael Church - The Independant
"Van Bloss performs these works more in the András Schiff vein, with the piano seamlessly integrated, phrase shapes clear and intelligent, articulation crisp and never intrusive, and the whole thing held together by and underlying sweetness. Under David Parry, the ensemble is smartly balanced, the soloist and intonation is clean."
Phillip Kennicott - Gramophone magazine
"...fine performances ... the piano playing is beautifully even ... Van Bloss led these performances from the keyboard, and the sense of unity between solo and accompaniment is palpable."
Dominy Clements - www.musicweb-international.com - January 2012
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