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Catalin Serban offered Bartók’s third piano concerto. The performance demanded less of sheer technique and more of a breathed cantabile quality and smoothness, which the young Romanian pursued with penetrating intensity, as if he wanted to leave every impression of craftsmanship far behind.”taz
Here, the pianist Catalin Serban must be mentioned first, who especially in Liszt’s 1st Mephisto Waltz, with brilliant playing and the required sense of demonism, brought to mind Horowitz’s late Carnegie performance.”Lübecker Nachrichten
Released by Genuin Classics – Sonatas, Nocturnes, and Fantasies by Scriabin and Chopin.
According to Serban, the development of melodic and also harmonic material in a tight space, was ‘completely new with Chopin and Scriabin continued this directly’. […] Particularly in the two Sonatas No. 3, the similarities between the two composers shine through, but pianistic differences are also presented in a differentiated way, so that the listener gets a varied and stimulating impression. There is a wonderful versatility of timbres.“Bechstein
Des cloches sonores
Released by Dreyer Gaido – Solo works by Schubert, Scriabin, and Enescu.
The performance of the Schubert sonata is especially impressive […] Serban uses more pedal than most other artists […] as well as a gentler touch at the keyboard, which results in some wonderfully atmospheric effects. And here he does indeed create bell-like sonorities.“L.R. Bayley