Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The Schubert disc was recorded in December 2011, just a few months before de Waal’s passing. There is nothing concrete to criticize in the pianist’s Apollonian, unsentimental, and serene treatment of the B?-Sonata. My only quibble is that de Waal’s playing comes across just a little bit too cool and detached, and thus his interpretation lacks in the kind of personal touches other pianists—most notably, at least for me, Clara Haskil, Stephen Kovacevich, Radu Lupu, Leon Fleischer, and Diane Walsh—bring to this score. The four Liszt transcriptions, on the other hand, could hardly be more personal and moving, particularly knowing the circumstances in which they were recorded.
The quality of the recorded sound is superlative
and it does full justice to de Waal’s prismatic sonority. The organ-like bass and remarkable sustain of the pianist’s Steinway instrument must be heard to be believed. If you love piano music, you owe it to yourself to hear [this] disc. I very much hope that Valthermond Recordings will be releasing more of de Waal’s work."
FANFARE: Radu A. Lelutiu
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