Ierzy Broszkiewicz * "Tribuna Lyudu" * Warsaw|
Nahum Shtarkman succeds in reproducing the depth and splendour of Chopin music; he combines sincere
lyricim, simplicity and elegance with impeccable masterly technique.
|"Daily News" * Lisbon|
Shtarkman is the real poet of the Piano. He is the artist whose reason and heart, technique and art do not
outweight each other, but they are successfully combined in the perfect and calm unity.
|H. Neuhaus * "Soviet Culture" * Moscow|
Nahum Shtarkman is notable for expressiveness of performance, rich and mellow sounding of the piano...
Wonderful hands, technical liberty of performance.
|Emil Gilels * "Soviet Music" No 6 * 1958|
Nahum Shtarkman has proved himself as a mature master. His well though-out playing is distinguished by artistic
|V. Pavlov * "Prizyv" * Vladimir|
His performance is simple, natural, deep and intelligible to everyone.
His lyricism is cordial and melodious.
|V. Delson * "Music Life" No 24 * December 1966|
Shtarkman's performing intentions are thought-out, vivid both in artistic
and masterly aspects. The pianist's
manner of playing, which is always concentrated and exact in the
sound aspect and in the observation of
phrasing, is the natural consequence from his inclination to the perfectness
of the form - it is some kind of modelling of the whole and the parts.
Thoughtfullness, emotional sincerity, great inner vigour - all these
features distinguish the artistic appearance of the musician.
|S. Khentova * "Smena" * Leningrad (now St. Petersburg)|
Shtarkman's playing is heartfelt, poetic and fascinating because of its
lively musical speech and the welth of colours. The pianist even interprets
Rachmaninoff's Concerto unusually lyrically, modestly, simply, as delicate
as a water-colour.
|G. Zherebker * "Kirghizia"|
One must be really very strict and exacting artist, have firm labour
discipline to keep during the years of hard concert work, the freshness and
spontaneity of feelings, everlasting masterly skill, which Nahum
Shtarkman shows nowdays.
It seems to me, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Nahum Shtarkman
proved himself as a real 'King of Waltz' that night. Shtarkman is the master
of 'light breathing' which is especially difficult in Chopin's music.
He has the tender, pastel timbre of the Igumnov's school which can so good
reproduce 'nostalgic' in Chopin's music - the phenomenon which Neuhaus
explained by the use of an untranslatable polish word 'Zal'.
|S. Grinstein * "Znamya Yunosti" * Minsk|
His romantic gift is devoted of proud individualistic reserve, democracy
is the distinctive feature of his playing. Taking the liberty to quote
the well-known Tchaikovsky's words, I can say that he 'speaks with the
broad circle of people similar to him by playing the piano'.
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