This latest release is part of the Beethoven series with Mari Kodama. The pianist has established an international reputation for her musical sensitivity and outstanding virtuosity.
"With this final volume Mari Kodama sets out to scale the Everest of Beethoven’s sonatas, the "Hammerklavier". This is no undertaking for the physically weak, the psychologically tiid, the musically unprepared, or the spiritually irresolute. Happily, I can report that Kodama is none of these. Hers is an exceptionally lucid reading of the piece, one that lacks for nothing in determination and true grit, or in concentration... Kodama’s Ab-major Sonata is as lovely, lyrical, boisterous, and joyful as her "Hammerklavier" is suffused with majesty, nobility, and dignity. This earns a well-deserved place in the winner’s circle"
Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - January/February 2014
Music **** Sound *****
Ingo Harden - Fono Forum magazine - December 2013
*** - (Good Disc)
Arnaud Drillon - Classica magazine - November 2013