“The performances are uniformly of the highest quality…all the musicians consistently sound as though they relished Hartmann’s idiomatically conceived, sometimes sinuous melodies.
If I had to recommend just one performance, it would be Janssen and Sicroff’s of the magnificent Cello Sonata, one of the finest for the instrument penned in the 20th century…an unalloyed masterpiece with a wonderful variation set at its centre. A revelation.”
Together, these discs provide an unmissable survey of a composer whose music calls out for much wider exposure. Sicroff’s expertise is invaluable and his pianistic prowess second to none.
“Elan Sicroff proves an exceptional exponent of a sometimes bewilderingly diverse range of musical influences – from the nineteenth century via the salon and thence to Scriabin, Stravinsky, and perhaps a little Bartók. These represent, at least, some of the staging posts of de Hartmann’s musical journey…”
“…the de Hartmann Project has done the world an immense service in finally presenting a somewhat orderly and in-depth look at this talented composer whose work has been not only vastly underrated but almost wholly ignored by the rest of the classical music world.”
“Sicroff is a fine pianist who brings out the best in each work on this set. This is a fine introduction to de Hartmann’s music and a valuable contribution to the history of 20th-century music.”
“I must give producer Gert-Jan Blom a pat on the back for using singers who can actually sing, who have good, firm voices, good musical style and, best of all, clear diction.”
“I came to this collection with no expectations, not until now having been particularly aware of Thomas de Hartmann’s piano music. This is a brilliant survey, superbly played and recorded, of some tremendously worthwhile music.”
“…superbly performed and full of strikingly well composed songs, this is a collection that deserves its place on every collector’s shelf, of this or any genre.”
“The Trio for Flute Violin and Piano Op. 75 is a stunning work with which to end this Nimbus introduction to the music of Thomas de Hartmann, and I would urge everyone to find out just how good it all is for themselves.”
“Pianist Elan Sicroff plays all the piano parts. He has a subtle touch which makes the music sound graceful and smooth..certainly the combination with singer Nina Lejderman is stunning and very beautiful.”