Reviews








Excerpts (full listing per country further below) :

Eleftherotypia , Athens, Greece (G. Svolos)

“… (sound) vigorous, agile, enriched with brilliant explosions of virtuosity…” - “…imp-ressive breadth in expressive spectrum … from contemplative pianissimo indiscretions … to demonically charged marches and melodic parodies on dancing rhythms...” - “… ama-zingly convincing, clear and coherent representation  of the composer’s … writing style, offering rare quality and distinctive weight to this really unique listening experience!" 

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Fanfare, USA (Walter Simmons)

“… is probably the most valuable CD solely devoted to Barber’s keyboard music…” - “... Even the highly touted Piano Sonata … played with an extraordinary combination of both power and delicacy … (is) one of the finest readings on record...”

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Fanfare, USA (Walter Simmons)

“… (the distinction of the best recording of Barber's piano music) belongs to … a CD … featuring the Bulgarian pianist Lilia Boyadjieva… this recording (… amounts to) the most fully realized performance of the Piano Sonata on disc …” - “… if one is looking for the best recording of the Barber Sonata, I would recommend Boyadjieva. …"

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Le Monde de la Musique, France (M. le Naour)

“… Lilia Boyadjieva's appeal lies in her delicacy, the clarity of the sound planes, her understanding of varied moods and a touch that is always subtly measured …"

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Diapason, France (Alain Cochard)

“… Lilia Boyadjieva always hits her target thanks to her engaged, lively and poetic approach…”

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Tempo, UK (C. McDonald)

"… Lilia Boyadjieva too has all the necessary muscular power for the big moments of this assertive, sometimes truculent piece; but she brings more delicacy and fluidity to the perhaps more characteristically Barberian soulful and expressive passages. It's a lyrical, mercurial reading, as well as strong one…”

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EPTA, UK (M. Miller)

"… The interpretations by Lilia Boyadjieva are compelling; full of exciting colour showing an affinity with Barber's style…”

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Heidenheimer Neue Presse, Germany (Hans-Peter Leitenberger)

“… (Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue) … (she) gave meaning to the piece's direct expressive force…” - “…A rare pleasure to find a performance that delivers the magical suggestive power and particular style of this work.”

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Schwäbische Post, Germany (Moskaliuk)

“… of Chopin's creation. … after every pause, every break, the pianist sprung up to new heights and down to new depths, exuberant, melancholic, lively…” - “… Lilia Boyadjieva played clearly, masterfully and without sentimentality, with each note seeming to herald its own immutable truth …”

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Reviews - full listing per country (USA, France, Germany, UK, Greece) :

From the USA

Fanfare (Walter Simmons)

“... a disc featuring pianist Lilia Boyadjieva, offers a number of pieces never before recorded, and is probably the most valuable CD solely devoted to Barber’s keyboard music...” - “... Three Sketches and .... Fresh from West Chester ... Discovering these early pieces, played without a scintilla of condescension by Boyadjieva, provides a point of departure from which to view the pieces that soon followed, ...” - “... Even the highly-touted Piano Sonata of 1949, played with an extraordinary combination of both power and delicacy by Lilia Boyadjieva, in one of the finest readings on record...” (CD "Barber piano Works")

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Fanfare, (Walter Simmons)

“… (the distinction of the best recording of Barber's piano music) belongs to … a CD … featuring the Bulgarian pianist Lilia Boyadjieva. … this recording (… amounts to) the most fully realized performance of the Piano Sonata on disc.” - “… if one is looking for the best recording of the Barber Sonata, I would recommend Boyadjieva…” (CD “Barber piano works”)

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Fanfare (Peter Burwasser)

“… This is, for once, a concept album that really works. It is fascinating to listen to a durable and rather stodgy format quite effortlessly withstanding the ravages of time …” - “… Her Liszt is impressive, very self-assured and bursting with colour. In all of her playing, there is an intensity of purpose and bold dynamic control …” (CD “Around the fugue”)

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From France

Le Monde de la Musique (Michel le Naour)

“… The soloist perfectly masters a very complex form that uses dodecaphonic processes and an extremely difficult finale, in fugue form and syncopated. … Lilia Boyadjieva's appeal lies in her delicacy, the clarity of the sound planes, her understanding of varied moods and a touch that is always subtly measured …” (CD “Barber piano works”)

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Diapason (Alain Cochard) 

“… besides the originality of her choice of repertoire, she offers a very convincing interpretation. A "test work," the monumental Sonata is approached in both a mastered and sensitive way that respects the variety of moods of the work as well as its formidable rhythmic and polyphonic complexity.” - “… Lilia Boyadjieva always hits her target thanks to her engaged, lively and poetic approach.” (CD “Barber piano works”)

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Répertoire (Gérard Honoré)

“.. the young pianist is quite convincing thanks to the frankness of her openings and the power of her engagement, as well as the opposites she develops between lyric episodes and successions of very sharp chords…” (CD “Barber piano works”)

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Le courrier – Celles sur Belle

“… Entirely at the service of the work, the artist brings each composition to its conclusion, highlighting its meaning through especially contrasted playing. Crystal clear arpeggios, powerful chords …”

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Centre Presse – Poitiers (Colette Meunier-Sicard)

“… playing that is fluid, expressive and sensitive, a strong personality, transparent sonorities and beautiful technique resume the gifts of the Bulgarian pianist Lilia Boyadjieva …” - “… she gives deep, thoughtful meaning to her interpretations. A great deal of flexibility, lightness but beware of still water. At times her volcanic temperament imbues her with deep power …”

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From Germany

Heidenheimer Neue Presse (Hans-Peter Leitenberger)

“… she mastered the overflowing Chromatic, the daring self-restraint and building of the sustained development of the stirring Fantasy, in a way that gave meaning to the piece's direct expressive force. The arpeggio passages with their intertwined harmonies and the fugue, characterized by harmonic finesse, were brilliantly performed…” - “… The very concentrated pianist controlled the energy of the chromatically rising basses and sensitively developed the magic mood of the coda…” - “… A rare pleasure to find a performance that delivers the magical suggestive power and particular style of this work…” - “… demonstrated the versatile playing power of the artist…” - “… succeeded masterfully with extreme reductions in power and the passion of the war song. This was a moving, inspiring concert, performed with a virtuosity that carries you away.” (Bach - Moussorgsky)

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Schwäbische Post (Vivien Moskaliuk)

“ the Bulgarian pianist, trained at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, had chosen an unusual program. JS Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue" is rarely performed and it was thrilling to hear the rough-hewn complexity of this work as it unfurled before us with its upward and downward movements. The musical episodes that Lilia Boyadjieva executed masterly, with much temperament but, at the same time calculated dramatic effect, left no room for personal thoughts, until a narrative melodic flow slowly brought down the tension through a paradoxically cooler opulence…” - “… Her fingers imparted a subliminal dramatic art even to the most romantic strings of tones, a quiet fire which sometimes soared and sometimes almost disappeared behind the sparkling sense of Chopin's creation. … after every pause, every break, the pianist sprung up to new heights and down to new depths, exuberant, melancholic, lively…” - “… Lilia Boyadjieva played clearly, masterfully and without sentimentality, with each note seeming to herald its own immutable truth …” (Bach - Moussorgsky)

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From the UK

Tempo (CALUM McDonald)

“… Lilia Boyadjieva too has all the necessary muscular power for the big moments of this assertive, sometimes truculent piece; but she brings more delicacy and fluidity to the perhaps more characteristically Barberian soulful and expressive passages. It's a lyrical, mercurial reading, as well as strong one…” - “… Her lilt and rhythmic suppleness in the third and fourth "Excursions" are a delight and she is more atmospheric, too, in the Nocturne, a darker reverie in her hands…” (CD “Barber piano works”)

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EPTA (Malcolm Milner)

“… The interpretations by Lilia Boyadjieva are compelling; full of exciting colour showing an affinity with Barber's style … Lilia Boyadjieva superbly highlights the contrasts of delicate filigree in the Scherzo with the incredibly evocative sustained slow movement, allowing its plangent, wistful poetry to unfold with elusive power. In the outer movements there is a propulsive energy realised with vigour, the toccata-like finale flowing with great drama…” (CD "Barber piano Works")

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Eleftherotypia (Yannis Svolos)

“… Mature, presented with flawless technique, confidence and clarity of the musical-esthetic goal, her interpretations were exemplary in serving the objectives of this exceptional Russian composer. Her sound was vigorous, agile, enriched with brilliant explosions of virtuosity. She displayed admirably consistent phrasing, even in the very slow parts, as well as impressive breadth in her expressive spectrum … from contemplative pianissimo indiscretions … to demonically charged marches and melodic parodies on dancing rhythms…” - “… above all, there was this amazingly convincing, clear and coherent representation  of the composer’s absolutely special sound and  semantically ambiguous writing style, offering rare quality and distinctive weight to this really unique listening experience!” (Shostakovich)

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Imerisia (Giorgos Leotsakos)

“…Barber – piano concerto – … the marvellous Lilia Boyadjieva in a glorious display of technical mastery (splendidly strung runs, absolutely clear resonances through extremely wise pedal use) and brilliantly beautiful sound: the colours and their shadings, tracking the changing density of the pianistic composition, clarified the whole thematic structure of the work…” (Barber piano concerto)

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Eleftherotypia (Yiannis Svolos)

“… followed by the popular Concerto for Piano in G major (by Ravel). Lilia Boyadjieva, a musician with an especially broad expressive spectrum, well known to Athenian audiences for a long time, interpreted it. The firm hand,  athletic precision, stylistically appropriate handling of the weight of the pianistic sound, lightning fast reflexes were apparent right from the opening notes, …” - “…With huge understanding  and culture, the Bulgarian pianist interpreted the concerto’s ambivalent moods and jazzy references comfortably and successfully. For once, KOA (the Athens State Orchestra) seemed to possess the impeccably tuned reflexes that fit naturally with the extremely demanding playing of a high performance soloist. The result: an experience that the listener enjoys literally from beginning to end.” (Ravel piano concerto)

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Kathimerini (Nikos Dontas)

“An Art-Deco concert – Always welcome is the very good pianist Lilia Boyadjieva who returned to Athens for Ravel's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G. The clear, precise playing of the Bulgarian artist perfectly fit Ravel's ethereal, playful, clever composition, reflecting the carefree, luxurious, modern lifestyle of the Art-Deco era. During the rapid portions, the pianist’s sober style highlighted the mechanical rhythms of the '30s, constituting at the same time, a reference to D. Scarlatti's style. On the other hand, during the slow portions, the same clean, clear approach created insouciant transparency and lightness…” (Ravel piano concerto)

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