Venezia e Napoli - London Review
"The pianist herself refers to this disc as ‘a water album with lots of old world charm’. It is beautifully recorded, a facet that really illuminates Oltmanns’ subtleties – in the Debussy in particular. The Haydn is interesting in its deliberately gruff first movement and in the way the expressivity of the slow movement foreshadows Beethoven, Oltmanns’s low-pedal approach paying fine dividends. If there are finer Venices of Venezia e Napoli (try Lazar Berman), Naples is much better, with terrific trills and a nice light touch. Actually, the finest performance is of the Beethoven Bagatelles, the A major and C major being the clear highlights. CC"
- International Piano, January/February 2015
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VENEZIA E NAPOLI was recorded in Frankfurt, Germany in collaboration with renowned recording engineer Udo Wüstendörfer. The performance on a German Steinway concert grand piano was captured in a carefully selected acoustic environment. The rich graphic design uses award winning photography, and makes this album and accompanying booklet a feast for the senses.
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‘Flawless, eloquent, and always enlightened by clarity’ (Daniel Hathaway, clevelandclassical) pianist CAROLINE OLTMANNS delivers impeccable musical phrasing and engaging stage presence, attracting audiences both in the US and abroad. This season, Caroline Oltmanns offers an array of solo recitals and concert tours along with new creative paths in the co-production and performance of the concept show ‘Crumb’s Kaleidoscope’. Past seasons have included concerto appearances with Youngstown Symphony, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Harburger Orchester Akademie, and Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to the commission, premiere and recording of several new concerti. Caroline Oltmanns has produced and recorded five solo CDs on the Filia Mundi label; her playing has been broadcast globally on radio and TV stations. As an International Steinway Artist, Fulbright Scholar, and recipient of the Stipendium der deutschen Wirtschaft, she is Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University and holds degrees from the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her musical mentors were Robert Levin, John Perry, Vitaly Margulis, and Malcolm Frager.