Tamara Stefanovich - new album "Influences"
Tamara Stefanovich dedicates her first solo album with Pentatone to works by Ives, Bartók, Messiaen and Bach - composers who have long accompanied and influenced her career.
The international media coverage of the recording was consistently positive and Gramophone chose it as its “Editor's Choice” in April 2019: “As a programme per se it seems top-heavy, with the monumental Ives placed first and Bach at the end. It turns out to be a programming masterstroke, as you’ll soon find out. The overall excellence of Tamara Stefanovich’s interpretations is enhanced by a superb multichannel recording characertised by full-bodied ambience and concert-hall realism.” The Guardian writes: “It’s an exciting, challenging collection, delivered with fabulous clarity and brilliance”.
“Tamara Stefanovich's reading is phenomenal”, writes The Arts Desk about her interpretation of Ives’s Piano Sonata No. 1.
For Tamara Stefanovich, the work on this album entailed a confrontation with the influences that numerous countries and people have had on her musical and personal development, and she reflects: “What would we be without all these influences? And is it not wonderful that this question has no clear-cut or exclusive answer to that, but only an inclusive, multi-layered response, one richly interwoven and complex by its very nature?”