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The critics on Goldberg Variations / Variations

Riveting and inspired... A brilliant performance... This is no stunt, but a fresh musical exploration. Mr. Tepfer invites you to hear this masterpiece through his ears. I bet Bach would recognize a kindred spirit in Mr. Tepfer.
New York Times



On his new CD, Goldberg Variations/Variations, Mr. Tepfer not only enters what to many pianists is hallowed ground — he leaves his self-assured footprints all over. His jazz roots show through in the crisp articulation and rhythmic clarity of his counterpoint, in his glass-sharp attack and, above all, in his supple approach to time... He builds a bridge across centuries and genres to spark a dialogue with Johann Sebastian Bach.
Wall Street Journal



CRITIC'S PICK: On his latest album, the 29-year-old pianist not only had the audacity to play Bach's Goldberg Variations — he improvised on them. The results are elegant, thoughtful, and thrilling.
New York Magazine



In a ballsy move that resounds with an unabashed yen for balance, the insightful pianist concocts a freeprov ditty for each of Bach's most famous miniatures on the new Goldberg Variations/Variations. On the classical side, the 60 tracks are a blend of grace and power. On the jazz side, they're built with daring and elan. It's easy to respect both.
Village Voice



One of the more audacious, accomplished recordings of 2011.
Downbeat



Impressive... A very original take on Bach's Goldberg Variations.
The New Yorker



Fantastic... An ingenious, thoroughly modern adaptation... I've spent weeks going back to this album, and it's provided renewable pleasures and fresh discoveries each time.
Chicago Reader



A fascinating and engrossing listen... [Tepfer] meets exhilaration with exhilaration... A huge and unique success.
Ottawa Citizen



There aren't many pianists who could pull this off quite so well. An extraordinary project.
Scotland Herald







The critics in general

Brilliant... A young pianist of exceptional poise who is drawn to the deeper currents of melody... Combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he's a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.
New York Times



A wide-open sensibility, about as tuned in to Bach and BjŲrk as to Monk and Shorter.
New York Times



A tremendously gifted pianist.
Los Angeles Times



A pianist who is charting the course for the keyboard in the 21st century.
The Daily Beast



Mr. Tepfer†has the ability to disappear into the music as he's making it. ★★★★
Downbeat



A remarkable musician.
Washington Post



A formidable and flamboyant pianist who combines rhythmic incisiveness with a penchant for the baroque flourish... An exceptional young player who has made an indelible impact on the scene.
Time Out NY



A brilliant young pianist.
Boston Globe



Ravishing... Dan Tepfer is a pianist of extraordinary technique and fearless harmonic sensibility.
JazzTimes



New York-based pianist Tepfer is among the most accomplished and imaginative of the new wave of players emerging across the pond. He specializes in a rippling, lyrical style that builds complex melodic layers of ideas... A piano star.
Time Out London



One of the most forcefully creative musicians in today's jazz scene.
New Jersey Star Ledger



One of the moment's most adventurous and relevant musicians.
New York Magazine



A jazz musician who refuses to set himself limits.
Telerama (France)