“This recording debut [reveals] a pianist of a maturity well beyond her years … Melda clearly understands the narrational aspect of Chopin. Structurally, too, she comprehends the importance of maintaining tension in the First Ballade’s lyrical contrasts. She encourages us to hear the Nocturnes as micro-Ballades, supported by engineering that does her subtleties full justice. Melda is a major talent.”
Colin Clarke, International Piano
“[Lara Melda] impresses with the poise of her playing and the natural shapeliness of her phrasing. The Nocturnes are sensitively coloured and, when required, are contrasted both emotionally and dynamically. It’s all very persuasive and inviting; there’s a generous and perceptive soul at work here … The Music Room at Champs Hill is idyllic, this release can be heartily recommended."
★★★★★ Colin Anderson, Pianist Magazine
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"There is much to admire here: total control, sensitivity to linear balance, a wide range of dynamics and warm tone.”
★★★★ Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine
“[Melda] has won something of a reputation as a Chopin-player. This recording would seem to endorse that reputation … From the opening bars of the Op 9 No 1 Nocturne, the sound that Melda produces beguiles the ear with beautifully balanced, longbreathed cantabile phrases, played with no idiosyncratic interventions, and in short capturing the essence of what a nocturne should be … All in all, a fine Chopin recital that is a cut above the average.”
Jeremey Nicholas, Gramophone