This imaginatively programmed and beautifully played recital may be
the most realistic recording I know of a piano: truly breathtaking
transparency, amazingly truthful dynamics and timbral purity, and an
almost spooky replication of space and ambience.
The Absolute Sound 2011 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide.
FRANCE: James Boyk, genius at once professional
musician, professor of music, physicist-acoustician, is known equally as a
great perfectionist in recording and sound reproduction. On this SACD, he is
on top of his form at the Bösendorfer Impérial in Bach, Chopin, Debussy
and Mozart. The recorded sound is very natural.
—Jean Hiraga, Editor in Chief,
Revue du Son & du Home Cinema.
SWEDEN: Boyk is no doubt an
endowed with remarkable feeling for the music's innermost
—Thomas Roth, Musik och Ljudteknik.
AUSTRALIA: Absolutely superb
recording of a
superb piano (a beautifully tuned Bösendorfer
Impérial). The sonic
realism was jaw-dropping: it was easy to believe that the
right there in my room. A disc that should be in every
collection for the capture of the piano sound (and used as an
lesson for recording engineers), but it should also be in
music-lover's collection by reason of Boyk's superb
Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue which is so perfectly
and played that it brought tears to my eyes and sent a chill
spine on my first listening. Even now, after months of hearing
still listen with a sense of suspended disbelief.
—Greg Borrowman, Editor,
Hi-Fi and Home Theatre Technology.
USA: One of the best-sounding
recordings I have ever heard. Fortunately, the artistic
measures up to the sound.... Boyk is one of those "why have I
heard of this artist before?" discoveries.
American Record Guide, Nov.-Dec., 2007.