This generous collection of Roberto Sierra’s piano music ranges from the Estudios rítmicos y sonoros – a collection of Etudes that is one of the most colorful, imaginative, and demanding from the contemporary repertoire – to an Album for the Young in the tradition of Schumann and Tchaikovsky. Between these two contrasting worlds we find the haunting Piezas Líricas, a unique musical journey that breaks the structure of musical time into an imaginative mosaic structure.
“Instant classics – they should be the next set of studies to be surmounted by serious pianists. … [Bengtson’s] peerless technique and pianism are exactly what the devilishly difficult studies need to be effective.”
(Nathan Faro, American Record Guide)
“[Bengtson’s advocacy] is the best thing that can happen to the works on this CD. On a scale of one to ten I would give it an eleven.”
(Miguel Angel Perez Martin, “Doce Notas”)
“We are here to recommend what this album deserves for its quality, its freshness, and its prestige: Gold.”
(Antonio Soria, in Melómano, La Revista de Música Clásica)
“I have to count Bengtson’s heaven-storming traversal of the Estudios rítmicos y sonoros among the most thrilling piano recordings I’ve heard in recent years. … a triumph.”
(Ken Meltzer, Fanfare Jul/Aug 2023)
“Stunning piano playing.”
(Colin Clarke, Fanfare Jul/Aug 2023)
“A major release.”
(Peter J. Rabinowitz, Fanfare Jul/Aug 2023)
Read a feature interview article with me on this recording by critic Robert Schulslaper.