Notes and Editorial Reviews
He plays works that are central to the Chopin repertoire, but he brings to them an exceptional sense of intimate involvement with their harmonic as well as their technical intricacies. Goerner communicates an essential spark of musicality.
– The Telegraph
Technically, it's a tour de force; emotionally, it's an inexorable rollercoaster ride into a turbulence that the temporary contemplation of passion (the famous third Étude in E major) or optimism (No 5 in G flat) seems unable to forestall. It forms the climax of a disc that gives us a darker Chopin than usual and defines him as poetic and introverted.
– The Guardian
The equilibrium he achieves between formality (polonaise)
and extemporization (fantasy) is exemplary. So are the breadth, refinement and deployment of his impeccably Chopinesque tonal palette. These virtues pervade the entire recital, in which high drama, psychological intensity and a Shakespearean range are conveyed without a hint of excess.
– BBC Music Magazine
The Op. 62 Nocturnes are characterized by freedom, flexibility and more than a few "old school" instances of the left hand anticipating the right. Goerner largely projects a powerful, singing legato through fingerwork and hand position.
– Gramophone Read less
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