Reviews

Michifuyu Kitao, The Record Geijutsu, Japan

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

Tarli is an up and coming Italian pianist.  Reminds you of two peas in a pod when she plays Steingraeber, the finest grand piano.  Liszt and Wagner have loved the craftsmanship which staunchly adheres to traditional manufacturing method but at the same time introduces new technology, such as carbon fibre made soundboard.  Steingraeber, with its unique sound, has a reputation equivalent to that of  Steinway, Bosendorfer, Bechstein, and Fazioli. Tarli plays romantic music as though it is classic music – simple and elegant without excessive...

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Huntley Dent, Fanfare Magazine Jan – Feb 2015

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

January/February 2015       The growing field of artist-run labels is very encouraging, in that we get to hear attractive talents such as husband-and-wife pianists Ivo Varbanov and Fiammetta Tarli, who give considerable pleasure in their first batch of solo and duet releases. They are accomplished artists, he from Bulgaria, she from Italy, with depth of background and wide experience concertizing in Europe. I was the most attracted to their unusual CD of Brahms waltzes; in fact, I’ve never before encountered the four-hand piano...

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Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine Jan – Feb 2015

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

January/February 2015       The backstory to these four releases may actually turn out to be the front story; for at a time when record sales are purportedly at historic lows, a brand new label, Independent Creative Sound and Music (ICSM), has been founded in London in 2014 with a commitment to “uncompromising quality in every aspect of the recording process.” At hand are the first fruits of ICSM’s labors: two discs in its Solo series (002 and 003). One features Bulgarian pianist Ivo Varbanov performing a program of works by...

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Scott Noriega, Fanfare Magazine Jan – Feb 2015

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

January/February 2015       ICSM? The International Society for Contemporary Music? No. That would be the ISCM. ICSM is a new record label—Independent Creative Sound and Music Records—founded this year by its first two recorded members heard here, the pianists, Ivo Varbanov and Fiammetta Tarli, based in London, England. And what is the premise of this, yet another independent record label? That the musicians chosen to record should be in charge of virtually every aspect of the recording from the beginning to the end, both in...

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Brahms: Complete waltzes for four hands CD review – sparkle and swing, by Stephen Pritchard, The Observer

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Brahms: Complete waltzes for four hands CD review – sparkle and swing   (4/5 stars)   Fiammetta Tarli and Ivo Varbanov (piano) (ICSM)   ‘A dizzying experience’: FIammetta Tarli and Ivo Varbanov.   Stephen Pritchard Sunday 30 November 2014 00.05 GMT The Observer You can have too much of a good thing sometimes. Brahms’s two sets of Liebeslieder waltzes (love song waltzes) and his Op 39 waltzes were designed for domestic consumption, to be played and sung by talented families around the pianoforte… but not all in one evening. To...

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The English Connection, by Ekaterina Docheva, Kultura

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Culture – 13 June 2014 by Ekaterina Docheva   The English Connection  Over the last 25 years a lot of changes have taken place in the musical life in the country. The negative changes related at the beginning with the impoverishment of the country and later on with the continued unreasonable distribution of the budget funds which causes damage mostly to the cultural practices, mandatory for each European country, are under discussions all the time. Unfortunately, the same are discussed mostly by those people who create the...

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