"The strength of this first record certainly hints at more greatness on the horizon for this enormous talent. "
"Debussy’s music proves the beneficiary of Handelsman’s touch and articulation... Handelsman deals with the brilliant, toccata writing in staccatos, sudden block chords and tremolos with deftness and acuity."
“Handelsman takes the complete works of Debussy from 1903-07 and places them somewhere else entirely… Playing with much more consummate skill and dexterity than you would expect from a debut, Handelsman marks her territory here in no uncertain terms as a piano player to watch. Well done.”
"Five selections from Hungarian Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Jatekok”... were brilliantly played by TMC pianist Mathilde Handelsman and New England Conservatory faculty member Stephen Drury... Handelsman and TMC pianist Barry Tan performed Scottish composer Judith Weir’s rhapsodic 1990 “Ardnamurchan Point” with color and flair."
"Mathilde Handelsman and Barry Tan delivered a mesmerizing rendition of Judith Weir’s “Ardnamurchan Point.” And Handelsman paired up with TMC faculty pianist Stephen Drury for five of György Kurtág’s “Jatekok” (Games), which ran the gamut from prankish to profound."
"This evening, there was a shimmering performance of Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor (1846) … Handelsman was particularly fine at her piano, lacing her notes with soft pedal touches that allowed each note to flow graciously into her partner’s embraces."
Boston Concert Reviews
"Aaron Copland’s “Danzon Cubano,” performed on two concert grands by Mathilde Handelsman and Nicolas Namoradze, rocked the house with toe-tapping syncopations and metrical tricks that fooled the feet.”
“Pianists Mathilde Handelsman and Nicolas Namoradze delivered a suave, nuanced account of Danzon Cubano by another giant in the Tanglewood family, Aaron Copland.”
"Mathilde Handelsman’s calm technical mastery, her immediate understanding of balance, nuance, colors, her sense of natural respiration honored the composer… A supremely difficult, athletic, heroic work, Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes require extraordinary vigor and flawless musicality from the performer. Mathilde Handelsman possessed all these qualities to give each variation their irresistible orchestral colors. From the simplicity of the theme to the dazzling last variation, this outstanding pianist offered unforgettable moments to the audience."
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