press reviews

"But what pianistic gifts. He has a right hand that can sprinkle magical ripples down the keyboard and make Chopin sing like an Italian soprano. His left hand is rock-steady and unerringly accurate. And his pedalling, naturally warm and supportive, never threatens the music’s clarity.
Despite his virtuosity, Reischl’s musicianship is impressive. It would be easy to label him as just another technically marvellous wonder-child but the playing is too musical for that."
(The New Zealand Herald)
    "The climax of the evening came with the performance by the pianist Erik Reischl.,...... He mastered with amazing sovereignty the demanding virtuosity of the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 by Brahms. The expressive introduction was charming and his relaxed attitude made it a pleasure to watch him. It was a most impressionable interpretation from both the musical content and performance . At times he gave the appearance of being possessed, a young performer with fire who gives to his genre with passion."
(Wiesbadener Tagblatt)
"... a marvel amongst marvels presented two of Liszt's etudes in an astonishing performance. The works are a challenge to many graduated pianists - it takes more than practice to come this far."
(Berliner Tagesspiegel)
    "To end the first half he played the Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise. The shaping of this piece, the sense of rubato and dynamics were judged to perfection, never overdone. Reischl’s use of the pedal would have made an interesting study itself. By then half we were all wondering if there was any limit to Reischl’s technical skills."
The Northern Advocate (New Zealand)
"A true firework was awaiting after the break. Erik Reischl interpreted Weber's Concert Piece in F minor op. 79 for piano and orchestra. Why have we not heard more of this young talent who is a technically brilliant pianist, exceedingly sensitive and musically a complete romantic (corresponding well to the piece)? The Concert Piece by Weber as well as the Dance of the Gnomes encore were simply phenomenal".
(Wiesbadener Tageblatt)
    "Erik Reischl presented a true masterwork at the piano. To begin with he astounded the audience with Rachmaninov's B major Prelude op.23 due to his almost untamed temperament combined with brilliant technical skills. The Taunussteiner (Reischl) then performed a firework of vituosity with a matured interpretation of Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No.1."
(Limburger Presse)
"Lyricism, structured form and a sensitive treatment of tone colour determined the performance of Chopin’s Fantasie in f minor. It was a pleasure to hear how the pianist clearly defined the multiple characteristics of its themes without neglecting the organic development of this complex piece. The virtuose passages never slid into a thundering display of showmanship, but remained transparent."
    "The centerpiece of the programme was the Sonata in B minor. ... Erik Reischl's interpretation impressed (of course!) through it's polish, ernormous technical skill, magnitude and consistently well-balanced tension. Even more convincing was the way he made the inner spiritual coherence audible and his intergration of it within the work. Whether hidden or marked - it was certainly never superficial."
(Wiesbadener Kurier)
"Reischl came to a triumphant finish and was enthusiastcally received. Particularly in the Dance of the Gnomes he managed to expose the programmatic-poetical background."
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
    "Erik Reischl confirmed his exorbitant technical talent with Liszt's Dance of the Gnomes, the 'Liebesbotschaft' after Schubert and the Rigoletto Paraphrase. Even at incredible speed every individual tone can be heard clearly. In all the parameters of this audible art everything was just right in a very admirable way. With the presentation of Beethoven's D major Sonata op. 10, no. 3 this specialist in virtuosity convinced almost unwittingly that he is also a musician to be taken seriously."
(W.-E. von Lewinski, Wiesbadener Tageblatt)
"The Etude d'execution transcendente No. 10 in F minor and the Paganini Etude 'La Campanella' became a fusion of piano vituosity and spellbounding music. Erik Reischl aroused pure delight with his encore of Scarlatti's Sonata - filagree, light and highly cultivated. Complete enthusiasm."
(Wiesbadener Kurier)
    "The works were varied and contasting, yet virtuose throughout, demanding lyricism and colourful structuring, strength and breathtaking speed. Reischl left nothing to be desired. Apart from the sensitivity, clarity, precision and unfaltering concentration, it was his endless strength that was so impressive."
(Heusenstammer Stadtpost)

(As of november 9th 2002)