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Liebeck combines a beguiling silvery sound with tantalising interpretative restraint, free of heart-on-the-sleeve rhetoric... captured in naturally glowing yet detailed sound, he somehow makes the Konzertstück sound like a masterpiece in full bloom.
restrained treatment restores a gem
what Liebeck seems to be saying is that Bruch needs no additional sweeteners. His playing is unpretentious and strikingly introspective, resulting in an Adagio of quiet dignity... ...urgent, vibrant playing from Liebeck, who embraces every opportunity for contrast
superlatively good playing here. Jack Liebeck, a justly celebrated musician, offers gloriously clear-toned and intelligent renditions—revealed by an exquisitely balanced recording quality
Liebeck is a red-blooded, eloquent advocate throughout.
The passion of the playing derives naturally from the fierce intensity that inhabits the themes of the first movement; but then, in the second, Liebeck can summon up the tenderest emotional reveries before harnessing the powerful energy and rhythmic bite that lend the finale such exciting momentum....delightful mix of charm and bucolic spirit through Liebeck’s remarkable artistry and imagination.
A whimsical bow, a coaxing tone, a natural grace and virtuosity exalt the seduction of these miniatures”- Diapason Magazine - 5 stars”In contrast to the concert-hall projection of Perlman, Liebeck plays these miniatures with a salonesque intimacy and glowing cantabile to rival even the composer. - BBC Music Magazine - 5 stars“...This is unquestionably a Kreisler disc to which I l’ll be returning often and always with pleasure.” - International Record Review“...AN OUTSTANDING RELEASE” - The Strad Magazine“THESE ARE SO REFRESHINGLY BRIGHT AND ZESTFUL THEY FEEL LIKE NEW PIECES” - The Observer“Jack Liebeck, with his 1785 Guadagnini, and the Russian pianist Katya Apekisheva are are such rare interpreters and make this CD a glorious monument to the legacy of Kreisler”
Even those who find Heifetz’s performance of the Fantasy to be nonpareil should find much to admire in Liebeck’s version, and his playing in the Third Concerto sets a sort of new standard that should inspire its devotees and stimulate others to re-evaluate the piece’s strengths and weaknesses—and the recording transmits everything with opulent clarity. Most enthusiastically recommended. - Fanfare Magazine...this is a top-drawer release, absolutely enlightening in terms of the Concerto and quite one of the best versions of the Fantasy.- ClassicalSource.com”Liebeck’s playing is consistently fresh and his phrasing always imaginative
Choice of the Month - Classica Magazine July/August 2015
In this fine set Jack Liebeck approaches Brahms with true Romantic fervour. His tone is sweet and effortlessly expressive, his lyrical spans marked by many a tastefully judged portamento.” - Strad Magazine”Liebeck’s dark tone and quiet strength is nicely offset by Apekisheva’s limpid grace and immaculate sensitivity. Beautifully done, on a level with some of the classic couplings in these works, and highly recommended.” - The Guardian