“A tigress of the keyboard… She is a sort of cross between György Cziffra and Dinu Lipatti, a tigress who is also a poet… Smoldering sense of passion… It’s not often that one encounters, in this day and age, an artist who not only has a dazzling technique… but, better yet, an independent and individual way of thinking about music… Agranovich has a way of expressing herself through this music in a way that almost precludes comparisons.”
“Like such Eastern European pianists as Lipatti, Fischer, Cziffra and, yes, Reisenberg, her Chopin is more muscular and less soft-grained than we are normally used to. (The only Western European pianist whose Chopin is equally wide-awake was Alfred Cortot …) … In Agranovich’s skilled hands, these passages emerge as sturdy pieces of the overall structure.”
Lynn René Bayley, The ArtMusicLounge
“…It all comes together in an interpretation that dares to be different. Beauty has tamed the beast… Magnificent shading and superior musicianship…”
“She caresses the notes, milks the music for every expressive possibility, and persuades by a gentle coercion that can be seductive… had to restrain myself from crying with joy at the Venusian beauty of her playing… Finale is a sudden burst of energy and passion. It sparkles, notes tumble over each other, and the music continues to build towards towards a dazzling conclusion. The added touch of restraint works beautifully in a performance that easily reaches the heights.”
Alan Becker, American Record Guide
“Sophia Agranovich is a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics…. It’s the kind of daredevil exhibition that was bread and butter for the likes of de Pachmann and Hofmann and that most of today’s pianists shy away from… Combines the spaciousness of Richter and propulsion of Gieseking.”
Myron Silberstein, Fanfare Magazine
“Sophia Agranovich’s alchemy of mind-bending technical prowess and heart-melting emotional expressivity add up to one of the most glorious piano recitals this side of Elysium. Urgently recommended… Combining the best of both Brendel and Kempff. It’s as if she has absorbed from Brendel his organizational skill to bind the piece together and reveal its unifying formal principles, while from Kempff she has absorbed the sense of philosophical and spiritual probing.”
Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine
You are invited!
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM
3 Valley Road
Paterson, New Jersey
The program will feature ‘Tempest’ Sonata by Beethoven,
Sonata in B-flat minor by Chopin, works by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and more...