Midwest Record

Transcribing a Mahler symphony for piano isn’t something you do in your spare time, for fun. This is serious effort and you are leaving yourself open for serious ridicule if you make a false step. The piano monks that were hard at work in the transcription here are no slouches as they’ve managed to capture of grandeur of this symphonic work for solo piano and keep you riveted. A world premiere recording of the work in this form, it may not be the last time it’s done but for a long time you can expect it to stand as the best.

—Chris Spector