3OR-14 Journeys of the Soul: From Bach to Balakirev

“Since Nissman plays Chopin so beautifully, she turns each of these Scriabins into gems. She actually makes Scriabin sound as natural as breath, like Fred Astaire dancing.”

"an impressive series: brilliant, technically and musically. Lifelike sound and totally satisfying discs.”

“A true transcendental performance. In her journey to the spiritual, technique, intellectual structure and dramatic structure have all been transcended.”
 



From birth to what lies beyond- Liszt shares his confessional. Bach inspires. Acceptance, peace, joy!

“Nissman's opening movement raptures me out and tells me something new about Ravel's music. Nissman shows the passion and the "lovely bones" beneath. She plays the second-movement minuet so beautifully, it stops your breath. This may be the finest recording of the Sonatine I've heard, at least equaling my benchmark, Gieseking.”

“She also provides the bonus of bringing clarity to Liszt's complex textures and made me realize how truly contrapuntal the work is. There's plenty of excitement and genuine tenderness in her account. She also shares with Argerich a spontaneity. I can't predict how she will finish a phrase or what subtle adjustments in tempo and dynamics she will make to a line, but it nevertheless sounds not merely individual, but right.”

 

Journeys of the Soul: From Bach to Balakirev (mp3)

Barbara Nissman

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Each composer shares his journey of the soul and takes us along. Enjoy!

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