Sterling CDA 1680-2 (Recorded 2012)

R.SCHUMANN

Abegg-variations op.1


Fantasiestücke op.12

Des Abends

Aufschwung

Warum?

Grillen


F.LISZT

Nocturne nr 3"Liebestraum"

Hungarian Rhapsody nr.6


M:REGER

Silhouetten op.53


O.SCHOECK

Consolation

Toccata


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"This CD by the respected pianist Maria Kihlgren looks at first glance like a recording of "Favourite Classical Pieces", but this is not the case. It is called "Romantic Silhouettes" containing miniatures covering a hundred year period....
The sweeping passages in Schumann's Abegg Variations and Fantasiestücke Op. 12 flow as they should; upbeat and romantically driven interpretations without sentimentality. The same goes also for Reger's insistant unpredictability - evident even in small format. A find!
Best track: Silhouetten" (Carlhåkan Larsén, Sydsvenskan)

Classics for summer
"Pianist Maria Kihlgren also offers a romantic repertoire. The CD title is Romantic Silhouettes and she plays miniatures from Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Max Reger and Othmar Schoeck. Even here the music is beautiful and atmospheric, as though one was falling into a summer romance." (Björn G Stenberg, UNT.se)

A fascinating mixture
Schumann Liszt Reger Shoeck
"This recording is interesting in many ways. To begin with there is an unusually varied choice of repertoire. Schumann's Abegg Variations and four of his Fantasiestücke Op. 12 together with Liszt's Liebestraum and the Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 belong to the standard repertoire - in contrast to Silhouetten by Reger and particularly the Zwei Klavierstücke by Schoeck, not often heard and well listening to.
All this works very well. If only more artists would come up with this kind of varied programme.
This is a very good quality recording (using Swedish Thuresson microphones). It sounds clear and natural. Without a doubt this is the best sounding solo piano recording from the Sterling label I have heard... Maria Kihlgren is most convincing when she playes Reger and Schoeck. Her performance of the Consolation by Schoeck (a pearl amongst late romantic pieces) is especially convincing..." (Jörgen Lundmark, OPUS)

"I lift my hat to Kihlgren's well elaborated interpretation of Max Reger's "Silhouetten", which is not often played. A couple of piano pieces, like "Consolation" and "Toccata" are also welcome here and they have been played with true involvement and fine transparency."Sven Andersson  (Hallandsposten)"

"The Reger and Schoeck numbers certainly make this an unusual and interesting program, and Kihlgren has a firm grip on the Schumann and Liszt pieces,so there´s really no reason not to accord this release a recommendation,unless you already have favorite versions of the Schumann and Liszt items,and can´t see buying this CD for the two rarities it contains." Fanfare Magazine,Jerry Dubins

"The selections are enjoyably varied,and I like the conclusion of Reger and Schoeck.....Her playing has accuracy,clarity,and adequate stylistic understanding." American record guide,JD Moore

 

 

 


Sterling CDA 1664-2 (Recorded 2008)

D SCARLATTI
1 Sonata G major
2 Sonata E major
3 Sonata d minor
4 Sonata d minor, Toccata

C DEBUSSY
Deux Arabesques
5 Andantino con moto
6 Allegretto scherzando

M RAVEL
7Jeux déau


B PAPANDOPULO
8 Igra, Scherzo fantastico

M de FALLA
Amor Brujo, Ritual Firedance 

I ALBÉNIZ
Cantos de Espana, Op 232
10 Preludium/Asturias
11 Orientale
12 Bajo la palmera (Cuba)
13 Córdoba
14 Seguidillas/Castilla

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"Talk about versatility! This is what Maria Kihlgrens recording is all about. Here is a pianist who gives her all in a warm, full blooded interpretation-the music and performance is worthy of this CD:s Great Mediterranean theme." (Music-magazine Opus)


5 stars received from James Pleasance, London:

"This playing is inspired, and the pieces are so exciting. Technique and musicality combined! A real talent." (amazon.co.uk)

 

 

 


Sterling CDA 1695-2 (Recorded 1990)

E GRIEG
1 Sonate op 7, E minor

A HONEGGER
2 Sept pièces breves

F CHOPIN
3 Fantaisie-Impromptu, op 66, C sharp minor
4 Nocturne, op 15, nr 1, F major
5 Étude, op 10, nr 12, c minor

G DE FRUMERIE
6 Chaconne, op 8, C major

F LISZT
7 Étude de concert nr 3, D flat major, "Un sospiro"
8 Funérailles


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"When Maria Kihlgren presents her recorded performance, it is not the
small things she offers... She has proven to have both excellent
technique and a fine sense of tone. All in all, a lot can be expected
of her." (Musikrevy)

" Maria Kihlgren knows all the time how to produce the tone, touch and
feeling, even in the middle of the fastest of playing .... An
impressive debut, leaving us wanting for more." (Blekinge Läns Tidning)

"The Swedish pianist Maria Kihlgren plays with well thought out drama
and wonderful feel for details. She knows how to blend a concert
program. The way these different pieces contrast and reflect on each
other uplifts the experience." (Bibliotekstjänstens katalog)



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