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Babette Hierholzer

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Babette Hierholzer press reviews

"Babette Hierholzer fascinated the audience with her seductive playing, clear sound, sparkling brilliance, and also provided excellent accompaniment for the ensemble. There arose for the listener a Trout Quintet of symphonic dimensions." - Sachsische Zeitung
"Babette Hierholzer let the challenging octaves of the beginning be heard without any apparent effort as well as the dialogues with the "tutti" orchestra and the sparkling development of the coda with crystal touch and a contagious energy. The audience was immediate in their enthusistic ovation and insistant on an encore, which the pianist satisfied with an electrifying "Polchinella" of the Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos and was played with no less clarity than the previous virtuoso performance (Liszt No. 1)."
- El Mercurio, Santiago de Chile
"The devilishly difficult solo part in Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody was mastered by the pianist Babette Hierholzer. Brilliance, verve and unerring technique are combined with her musical intelligence. Enthusiastic applause!" - General-Anzeiger, Bonn
"It was in the "L'isle joyeuse," that Hierholzer truly shone, first caressing the sweet little question-and-answer dialogue between left and right hands and then magnetizing it to a powerful climax. Schumann wrote his "Carnaval" at 24, and Hierholzer maximized the passion and nostalgia of the piece, yet kept the tone colors under control. Hierholzer was as one with this piece, which she drove to a lovely, spectacular ending. Three delightful and unusual encores capped the Pittsburgh introduction of a talented and versatile new artist." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Pianist offers challenging mix at the Carmel Music Society: virtuoso display, fine interpretative sense and a rather surprising power. Brahms' Variations in D minor got strong and passionate feeling from Miss Hierholzer. Opening with huge sound she managed to maintain a balance by giving equal emphasis to the delicate and tender aspects of the piece. Her involvement in the emotive passages sounded sincere and secure. This was no "safe" reading but a highly personal and, as a result, highly successful statement."
- Monterey Peninsula Herald, Carmel
"The charm of her fluent articulation, the mature and vital presentation of the giant-cadenza, and the delicately sparkling soli in the Adagio - this is Beethoven at his best."
- Hamburger Abendblatt
"The pianist's melding of classical temperament and virtuoso technique cast a spell. Hierholzer's assets were clearly apparent, with a superbly articulate right hand and a sure sense of style, she made the music come alive."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Babette Hierholzer proved to be a superior and absolutely professional pianist with sparkling temperament, finesse of touch and sheer brilliance in her playing. Nuances were shaped exquisitely, her sound had style and vitality."
- Nordsee-Zeitung, Bremerhaven
"Babette Hierholzer in her first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performed Weber's concert piece (Konzertstück) in F Minor with abundant and charming virtuosity. With the subtlety of her touch, her intelligent balance and youthful temperament she identified herself fully with the romantic program. The general applause was joined spontaneously by the orchestra."
- Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin
"Poulenc played the piano part in Aubade himself, but certainly not with such a sensational impetus as did Babette Hierholzer in the Philharmonic Hall, Berlin. She presented the concert with elan and fervor – a triumph!"
- Berliner Morgenpost
"As soloist in Stravinsky's concerto for piano and wind instruments the young pianist Babette Hierholzer, exciting in her fresh spontaneity and yet with controlled temperament, combined forceful impetus, strong rhythmic elan and a sense of ensemble balance. Much applause"
- Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, Heidelberg
"Overwhelming performance at the International May-Festival Wiesbaden. The German pianist Babette Hierholzer presented a brilliant interpretation as soloist in Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody. She mastered the extremely difficult part with bravura. With brisk piccicati, sparkling touch and a wide range of sound colors under her control she reached an ecstatic climax - - and was fervently celebrated." - Wiesbadener Tagblatt
 
"Beautiful dialogue of the orchestra with a young goddess at the piano - you cannot ask for a more genuine Mozart! Babette Hierholzer with her unique sound color can cause real exaltation." - Solinger Morgenpost
"Babette Hierholzer presented Ravel's concerto in G major with all the virtues of a modern pianist: vibrant drive and excellent precision. The Adagio was played with impressive feeling and the Presto full of esprit." - Lübecker Nachrichten
"The pianist's melding of classical temperament and virtuoso technique cast a spell. Hierholzer's assets were clearly apparent, with a superbly articulate right hand and a sure sense of style, she made the music come alive."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"The pianist Babette Hierholzer is quite obviously an outstanding Mozart-interpreter. Mozart's last piano concerto sounded absolutely perfect in a genuine way. Hierholzer produced – as by magic – a sound with warmth and sonority, precision and grace Snlhant technique was completed with exceptionally mature interpretation." - Solinger Morgenpost
"In Debussy's L'isle joyeuse Babette Hierholzer reaches the point of ecstasy with exuberant musical impetus; in Schumann's Carnaval – far above pure pianistic technique you find yourself carried away in a visionary atmosphere in a world of imagination. This is an engaged charismatic presentation that brings enthusiasm by its fresh spontaneity – not often found in recorded music today."
– FonoForum
"Rachmaninoff demands the highest virtuosity from the solo pianist in his 24 variations on the famous theme of the violin caprice No. 24. Babette Hierholzer from Freiburg fulfilled totally this demanding work with powerful and rich nuances of playing and showed herself in the cooperation with the Bonn orchestra and Sixten Ehrling."
- Bonner Rundschau
"Phenomenal technical brilliance and natural musical intelligence distinguished Babette Hierholzer's interpretation of Mozart's concerto KV 467: exquisitely chiseled phrasing, vitality in the Allegro and melodic grace and delicate details in the Andante – a presentation as impulsive as sensitive, proving the exceptional caliber of the young artist."
- Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung
"Babette Hierholzer, charming soloist in Mozart's D major concerto KV 537, impressed the audience with her exceptional musicality and technical mastery due to her outstanding authority and charismatic presence gave an exuberant interpretation." - Solinger Tageblatt
"Closer to Mozart than many a world star. This Berlin artist fulfills highest expectations. Babette Hierholzer stepped in on short notice for Sir Clifford Curzon and played with Sir Colin Davis and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Her grace, natural sense of style and musical intelligence in her pianistic approach convinced the audience and brought her enthusiastic approval." - Berliner Zeitung Liszt Concerto No. 1 with Staatskapelle, Paavo Berglund, conductor

"The final movement (of Liszt No. 1) with its wild scales, caprioles, flamboyant romantic ornaments showed the pianist in top technical form. She received many bravos from the audience." - Berliner Morgenpost "Sir Colin Davis and the young pianist Babette Hierholzer, who stepped in for Sir Clifford Curzon, a most charming coincidence with firm determination and obvious artistic agreement in their musical convictions, Sir Colin Davis and Babette Hierholzer presented masterfully the tragic aspects of Mozart's concerto in A Major, KV 488. Babette playing with alluring lustre, subtlety, perfect balance, but also with compelling vitality." - Berliner Morgenpost "Hierholzer's extraordinary facility in coping with this concerto's glittering runs and endless tricky turns and musical surprises was thrilling to hear. Flying fingers and remarkable strength in great crescendo passages seemed hardly a challenge for this talented performer..."
- The State, Columbia, SC