by Trond Erikson 12.02.2008
Anna Valentik performs music by Sergei Rachmaninov with passion and technical brilliance.
It is easy to understand that her interpretation of the music is based on deep knowledge, and her performance is vibrantly alive - and the result a tasty morsel of something profound.
Many will experience the music of Rachmaninov as both melancholic and poetic, which Anna Valentik in a virtuosic manner manages to convey to the listener.
The presentation is “clean”, while her interpretations simultaneously convey a depth straight into the category of “music of real worth”.
Particularly noteworthy is also how Valentik adds personal colour to the key work of the recording: "Variations on a Theme by Corelli ("La Folia")".
She gives the music time to breathe, and in that way manages to rarefy the unique and beautiful atmosphere of the work.
Great acclaim must also go to the technicians from the Norwegian label Lindberg Lyd, who have once again created a magnificent sonic image.