"suddenly we were in the
unmistakable presence of greatness. He was no longer playing the
piano; the music was playing him, and we rode the wave too."
The Globe & Mail,
"True to the Kuerti norm, the calibre of thought was high. Ornaments seemed
spontaneous and musical, not mechanical and showy. The middle movement, paced
quickly, was noble." [Beethoven 5th Piano Concerto, Montréal Symphony]
"Anton Kuerti, one of the greatest living pianists, showed how it's done at the
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's latest masterworks concert."
Winnipeg Free Press
"In the second-movement aria, Kuerti shaped the
melody with a manifold palette of articulation, innumerable
precisely-cut facets, but also deployed an uncanny consistency of tone
to give Beethoven’s more obsessive, repeated patterns a slow-burning
intensity. An occasional delicate staccato and a touch of melting
rubato emphasized the off-balance polyrhythms at the finale’s outset,
making the movement’s thumping peroration all the more triumphant.
After orchestra and soloist brought the music to a near-inaudible
stillness, the piano positively detonated the blazing coda."
[Beethoven 'Emporer' Concerto with
the Boston Symphony] The Boston Globe
"Kuerti was meticulous in laying out a
distinctive, tonally gleaming interpretation...His playing had a
remarkable consistency. Runs, trills,
chords -- all had impeccable weight, color, balance, etc....His work
was thus constantly fascinating, including even the unexpected notes
and motifs he chose to accentuate."
"His aura of intensity, a probing musical
intelligence, and utter disdain for theatrics makes him among the
most enjoyable of serious musicians before today’s public."
Boston Musical Intelligencer
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The WholeNote March 2013 "a master in all of the pianistic and artistic
demands ... a man happy at his work."
The Australian February 2013
[PDF] "this was an Emperor for posterity"
Palm Beach Daily News, January 2013
[PDF] "a pianist with monumental technique
and the artistry to make each phrase come alive."
South Florida Classical Review, January 2013
[PDF] "a paragon of technical
fluency, insightful musicianship and refined artistry."
"Kuerti launched into Beethoven’s longest, most daunting piano work, the
“Diabelli” Variations, with ease, wit, dexterous detail and an overarching sense
of structure that linked the opening waltz — a middling creation by a music
publisher named Anton Diabelli — to the 33 kaleidoscopic variations that
followed over the next 54 minutes.
Beethoven’s enormous range of emotions sounded fresh in Kuerti’s rhythmically
alert, transparent playing: from mock-heroic marches and comical Mozart quotes
to serious Bachian fugues and forward-looking music foreshadowing Brahms and
Chopin. The diaphanous curtain of chords Kuerti pulled back to reveal the final
variation was one of many magical moments." -- The Washington Post,
Gazette, April 2011 [PDF]
Winnipeg Free Press, February 2011 [PDF]
St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 2010
Toronto Globe & Mail, April 2010
Boston Musical Intelligencer, February 2010
La Scena Musicale, February 2010 (Austin, TX)
Classical Voice of North Carolina, January 2010
Telegraff [Concertgebouw], November 2009
Toronto Globe and Mail, June 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 2009
Concertgebouw, June 2008
Boston Globe, March
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April 2011: "Anton Kuerti, the Beethoven pianist of
Canada…. was on stage for an “Emperor” Concerto which was more poetic than
belligerent… sustained elegance …. splendidly phrased playing." [Montréal
Symphony] Le Devoir
April 2011: "But the hero of the evening was Kuerti. I have heard Kuerti play
Beethoven, I don’t know how many times; the concertos, the sonatas, in concert
and on recordings. I have rarely been disappointed. This time he revisits the
“Emperor”, one of those works one imagines one can no longer listen to…..
Contrary to all expectations, this was a continually stimulating experience.
Kuerti has so completely immersed himself in Beethoven’s music, during all these
years, that he has come to resemble the composer!…..the Toronto pianist delivers
an “Emperor” with ever profound intensity, and a stunning pianistic
freshness….in regard to such a genial result, a few wrong notes don’t have the
slightest importance." [Montréal Symphony] La Presse
March 2011: "[Beethoven's Concerto No. 1 was] presented to the listeners by Anton
Kuerti with tenderness, I would even say with love. The pianist knows well how
to make the instrument sing. His legato is like velvet. Above all one sensed
that the Orchestre Symphonique of Quebec, the conductor and the guest strove to
play this music for the right reasons, which is to take leave of everything that
makes life ordinary and to rediscover what makes it extraordinary, to escape the
noises of everyday and open the ears to the fullness of beauty and harmony. It
was not a coincidence that the soloist was recalled to the stage three times."
[Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec] Le Soleil