“Katharina lights up the evening”
Evening Standard, London
“Katharina Wolpe gave a radiant performance of Mozart”s piano concerto K.595 with the orchestra ideally balanced against the solo instrument. Her moving eloquence in the Larghetto and her crisp phrasing in the outer movements disclosed a musical insight always attuned to the underlying sorrow of the work”.
The Daily Telegraph, London
“Miss Wolpe”s noble breadth of phrasing and song-like tenderness of her cantabile made this a performance to treasure”.
The Times, London
“Katharina Wolpe”s recital argued the gifts of a master, a keyboard command of fascinating evenness, power and polish. Every work was executed with a feeling of total absorption and her performance of Beethoven”s Sonata Op.111 rose to the level of exalted interpretations”.
The Sun, Vancouver
“In the piano concerto in C minor, K.491, Katharina Wolpe played with superb finesse and quality. In every way her interpretation, exquisite in tone and breath taking in the subtlety of phrasing, made this Mozart memorable”.
The Guardian, London
“A most extraordinary recital. There is no doubt that she has complete mastery over her medium. Her nuances are exquisite, her pacing and sense of rubato are quite wonderful, her musical line clear through every bar”.
The Star, Toronto
“Having listened to inexcusable performances by three internatioanlly famous pianists on the South Bank this month, it was both refreshing and indeed humbling to hear playing from Katharina Wolpe of the most striking sensitivity and perception”.
Music and Musicians, London
“Only a keyboard titan could hope to play both Schubert”s posthumous A major Sonata and Chopin”s B minor sonata in the same recital with equal success. Miss Wolpe triumphed conclusively. Intellectual mastery was the mark of the whole recital and there was an assurance about her playing that allowed one to forget about technical difficulties and to concentrate on the wealth of musical beauty”.
Music and Musicians, London
“Miss Wolpe was the star of the evening. Her playing was poetry, beauty and intensity – she renders unto Beethoven what is Beethoven’s”.
“… as an antidote I warmly recommend Katharina Wolpe”s account of recent recording of (Schubert”s) 899, on a 1840 fortepiano, a model of informed lyrical sympathy”.
Financial Times, London (a review of recent Schubert recordings)
“… performances which are notable achievements in the interpretation of music that is difficult because it makes complex new statements; these readings are full of insight and are delivered with zestful virtuosity”.
Musical Times, London (CD of piano music by Ian Hamilton, produced with the support of the Arts Council of Great Britain)
“There was special pleasure in hearing the dedicated interpretations of the composer”s daughter, as in descrying the family likeness; but Ms. Wolpe”s performance stood on their own signal merit: her bright limpidity of touch, keenly intelligent formal sense, and instinctively classicist and restrained manner – subtle and radiant and many mooded and fascinating. The concert was a triumph”.
Financial Times, London