Catalina Butcaru – Recital


Catalogue No: DDV 24127
EAN/UPC: 809730412721
Composers: , ,
Release Date: June 2008
Genres: ,
Periods: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 69:18
Sample: Schumann: Einfach und Zart (from Humoreske)

Catalina is an extremely talented young pianist from Romania, now working in Vienna. Her debut album features three challenging works, which she plays with great skill and musicality. We will be hearing a lot more about this pianist in the near future.

Track Listing

    Alban Berg:

  1. Piano Sonata, op. 1 (11:26)
  2. Maurice Ravel:

  3. I. Miroirs – Noctuelles (5:26)
  4. II. Miroirs – Oiseaux tristes (4:11)
  5. III. Miroirs – Un barque sur l’ocean (7:56)
  6. IV. Miroirs – Alborada del gracioso (6:55)
  7. V. Miroirs – La vallee des cloches (5:47)
  8. Robert Schumann:

  9. I. Humoreske, op. 20 – Einfach (5:25)
  10. II. Humoreske, op. 20 – Hastig (4:38)
  11. III. Humoreske, op. 20 – Einfach und zart (4:45)
  12. IV. Humoreske, op. 20 – Innig (2:39)
  13. V. Humoreske, op. 20 – Sehr lebhaft (1:55)
  14. VI. Humoreske, op. 20 – Mit einigem Pomp (1:47)
  15. VII. Humoreske, op. 20 – Zum Beschluss (6:20)



This [CD] is nothing short of sensational… superlative. I have never heard [the Berg Sonata] played better, It is a flawless work played flawlessly. [In the Ravel] the pianism remains staggering. This is a must have disc. It is the best piano playing I have heard for years.

” —David Wright

One of the most enterprising and talented musicians around and these interpretations vouch for her considerable ability and sense of natural expressiveness. This is a well balanced programme sensitively presented and superbly executed.

” —Gerald Fenech
Midwest Record

Butcaru steps up with a stellar solo work-out…Her feel for Ravel and Schumann are right in the pocket… a first class impression. These are clearly ten new fingers to keep a close watch on.

” —Chris Spector

A richly comprehensive programme… all these readings are quite without the superficial gloss or knowingness of many alternative performances. Berg’s Sonata… suits this pianist’s serious and reflective style admirably.

” —Bryce Morrison