Artist: Alexander Krichel
Label: Profil
Release Date: 28/03/2011


For his debut album “Insights”, Alexander Krichel focuses less on virtuosity in his Liszt recordings than on internalised “insight” into the music: “The work that awakened my love for Liszt’s music was his Second Ballade. When I played this piece for the first time at the age of 14, it was one of those moments when I realised that I could not live without music. I firmly believe that the deeper musical value of the works I chose for my recordings is often underestimated and that Liszt’s personality is still too little questioned. On the basis of this assessment and the special personal bond that I have felt between myself and this music from the very beginning, I dare, as a 21-year-old pianist, to record my own Liszt CD on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth.” (Alexander Krichel)



"Among the many who would rightly like to redeem Liszt's piano works from the virtuoso ghetto, Alexander Krichel is one of the most superior of them: on this debut CD, the only 22-year-old from Hamburg plays the B minor Ballade as well as the Dante Sonata quite naturally as a grand, almost visionary narrative. In between, the Petrarch Sonnets and "Venezia e Napoli" set more intimate and folkloristic accents."

- KulturSPIEGEL, May 2011, Johannes Saltzwedel

"Happily a couple of this year’s debutants seem to have it all: the technique, instinct, culture, intellect, intuition, and the imagination for truly superlative Liszt playing. One of them is Alexander Krichel. He is a native of Hamburg, will be 22 this year, and has won prizes for his work as a mathematician as well as for his piano playing. (…) Indeed no one will mistake his interpretations for anything less than genuine artistry. No doubt in the future, aspects of his music making will continue to grow and ripen. But this is a young man from whom, given time and the alignment of whatever stars may govern a life in art, we may reasonably expect great things."

- Fanfare, March 2011, Patrick Rucker