CD-Rezension: Lika Bibileishvili

Dr. Jan Brachmann – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 14.05.2018

Mit Schärfe, aber ohne selbstgefällige Brutalität spielt Lika Bibileishvili die sechste Klaviersonate von Sergej Prokofjew … Melodie, nicht Motorik, steht für sie im Vordergrund. Sie hat … Kraft, Wendigkeit, Geschick und musikalischen Weitblick. (Lika Bibileishvili / Prokofjew, Ravel, Sibelius, Bartók / Farao Classics / B108099)


WDR 3 TonArt | 23.03.2018 | 06:17 Min.

Die junge georgische Pianistin Lika Bibileishvili spielt leidenschaftlich und graziös. Das beweist sie auf ihrem ersten Album, einer Hommage an die Klavierliteratur des 20. Jahrhunderts. Annabell Thiel hat die CD gehört. (Lika Bibileishvili / Prokofjew, Ravel, Sibelius, Bartók / Farao Classics / B108099)

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“This debut album from pianist Lika Bibileishvili containing a splendidly performed collection of 20th century works by Prokofiev, Ravel, Sibelius and Bartók on Farao Classics is highly desirable.“

“This high quality playing from Bibileishvili feels fresh and vital and is especially responsive to temperament and attention to dynamic nuance. Recorded at Kupferhaus Planegg, Munich the engineering team provide clarity and apt balance. Bibileishvili’s Steinway model D concert grand has an attractive sound. Written by Yvonne Petitpierre, the booklet essay is first class, both informative and readable.”

“A name that we are certainly going to hear a lot more about in the future, Lika Bibileishvili is in irresistible form.” Michael

“Lika Bibileishvili is one of the most talented and interesting young musicians I have taught, her stunning virtuosity coupled with unusual musical intelligence that, combined with great stylistic confidence, always emphasizes the substance of the music.” Prof. Volker Banfield

“Lika Bibileishvili is a jewel among the pianists of the young generation. She played my piano cycles KOSMOS and BUCH DER STERNE with a brilliant technique and a sensuous sound that is without equal. Under her hands, every piano becomes a fireworks display.” Wilfried Hiller

“Ms. Bibileishivili is a gifted young pianist who, along with her deep understanding of music, shows her brilliance and sheer musicality – her playing is never boring, but it’s all natural – just authentic, interesting and beautiful, just professional.” O.Univ.-Prof. Peter Lang

“The concert of pianist Lika Bibileishvili, recorded at the Kupferhaus Planegg in July of last year, recently appeared as a debut with FARAO. The recording is, like the program, in its virtuosity of great sensitivity. Lika Bibileishvili succeeds in concentrating on the sixth piano sonata by Sergei Prokofiev and the Sonata for Piano by Béla Bartók. Perlend the piano pieces by Jean Sibelius and rich in intense intonation Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel.
Wilfried Hiller once spoke of a “gem among the pianists of the younger generation,” and indeed, the play of Lika Bibileishvili shines through an equally powerful and subtle brilliance. Lika Bibileishvili – born in Georgia in 1988 with studies in Munich and masterclasses with Eliseo Virssaladze, Ruvim Ostrovsky, Naum Shtarkman and Dimitri Bashkirov – unfolds her debut in heterogeneous timbres. It is always of touching, flowing harmony. “Edition KulturLand, mk, 09.02.2018

“Those who experience the Georgian pianist Lika Bibileishvili for the first time in a concert will not only marvel at the physical power with which the girly dainty person balances out the most difficult chunks of the concert business. He, like the author of these lines, will be especially stunned by the almost vivid clarity with which the pianist makes the emotional and intellectual dimensions of the respective compositions tangible and brings them together. The fact that Schumann’s “Symphonic Etudes” are not only a masterpiece of romantic fantasy, but also a work of variation of symphonic greatness, was seldom to be found anywhere more alive than in Lika Bibileishvili’s concerts. And Ravel’s “Gaspard de la nuit” arises from her in a night-black luminous brilliance, which acts like a fulfillment of the term “transcendental virtuosity” invented by the composer for this piece. Among her teachers in Georgia and Germany, Lika Bibileishvili has developed a vast repertoire from Bach to Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and Rachmaninoff to Scriabin, Bartok, Prokofiev, Enescu and Ligeti. In the world premières of contemporary piano works, which were entrusted to her in Munich, she was astonished by the lightness with which she intertwines complicated rhythms and makes music out of minimalist hints. It’s time for the music world to discover this extraordinary musical personality. ” Dr. Gottfried Knapp, Süddeutsche Zeitung