REVIEWS

 

What was far more important about this was Nissman's phenomenal playing; she is one of the truly great pianists of the day.

New York Daily News 

 

Nissman was brilliant, playing with an innate sense of mastery that knew no difficulties; she approached these works as music rather than as some sort of pianistic decathlon.

New York Newsday   

 

A winning blend of technical command and interpretive insight.

The New York Times  

 

A refined combination of delicacy and passion- her effortless technique went along with a restrained classicism. 

The New York Times  

 

Barbara Nissman is probably the reigning Prokofiev specialist of the day.

The New York Post 

 

With pianist Nissman, Slatkin, and the CSO you got the sense of three mighty forces of nature coalescing: I don't expect ever to hear the piece (Ginastera Piano Concerto) done better.

The Chicago Tribune 

 

Nissman and Slatkin interacted with one another to produce a performance of stunning power and conviction.

The Chicago Sun-Times  

 

Virtuosity with her is the handmaiden of musical understanding; where color, intensity, and poetry are required, Nissman delivers the goods.

The Chicago Tribune  

 

Nissman is a musician who seems undaunted by technical obstacles. She made her way through Rachmaninoff's torrent of keyboard demands with a virtuosic flair. Her playing of the rapturous music was poetic, and in passages calling for velocity and accuracy she had confidence and strength in abundance. 

The Pittsburgh Press          

 

Nissman gave a performance of rare emotional coherence.Taking Rachmaninoff's quick tempos at their word, she achieved a fleet lyricism that's rare today,and Nissman's phrasing drew upon color, dynamics, and articulation for beautifully nuanced lines.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

 

Barbara Nissman, the pianist, made an ideal exponent. 

(Prokofiev's Concerto #4/National Symphony)

The Washington Post   

 

That a musical performance literally can be breathtaking was demonstrated at 9:35 p.m...at the end of pianist Barbara Nissman's ravishing performance of the Chopin Db major Nocturne, an audience held its collective breath for what seemed an eternity. No one wanted to shatter the magic. 

The Kansas City Star            

 

Sheer bravura, rhapsodic lyricism, and classical restraint-she played like natural speech, with perfect control of nuance.

The Times, London

 

Extraordinary bravura-just an amazing performance.

Die Welt, Berlin  

 

The American pianist presented herself brilliantly.

Die Welt, Hamburg 

 

A perfect balance between her artistic mastery of the keyboard and her soul.

Het Parool, Amsterdam