Lisiecki reminds us that even in the times when technical virtuosity is being taken to a new level year by year, a mature artist can find his strength in serene playing with silence and instrument’s sound.Yet, among the many technical artisans, Lisiecki is worth paying your attention to, with his control over the instrument, patience and tranquility.
Newsweek - Dawid Karpiuk (Press Review for „Homage to Brahms“ CD)
More than half of the album is occupied by Schumann: the Romance in F# Major, op. 28 no. 2 and the Fantasy, op. 17, which was part of the piano repertoire of the young Brahms. I liked the fact that the beginning of the album is romantic and tranquil. The Fantasy is played very neatly, but it is evident that the pianist has a more personal relation with Brahms; both of the Rhapsodies, op. 79, are very turbulent and dynamic. At the end, things calm down in his own Fantasy on the theme of the Choral Prelude, op. 122 no. 2. This is not virtuoso playing; rather, it is a contemplative organ piece, more of a discreet paraphrase. Homage to Brahms is an interesting set.
Polityka - Dorota Szwarcman (Press Review for „Homage to Brahms“, CD)
The primary attractive point of Lisiecki is the beauty of his “sound.” He performs carefully and deliberately as if he worn each sound. There are no musicians who can astonish people with only “sound,” except him. This year, a lot of concerts of the first-prize winners of Chopin Piano Competition, etc. are to be held. In this circumstance, I was fortunate to have the chance to see the performance of Lisiecki.
The Music and Dance Press (concert on 25.03.2010, Tokyo)
The pianist titled his debut album “Homage to Brahms”, which reflects his artistic ambitions. Since he chose Brahms, and he supplemented him with Schumann, we get a dose of Romantic music, with a dense texture full of emotional rapture. The pianist does not let himself be carried away completely, and he reads the scores very thoroughly. He knows a lot about the main protagonist of his album, so he also presents his own Fantasy on the theme of Brahms’s choral prelude. This album will satisfy sophisticated music lovers.
Przekrój - Jacek Marczyński (Press Review for „Homage to Brahms“, CD)
Ignacy Lisiecki, the young virtuoso of the grand piano, together with Maestro Jose Maria Florencio and the Płock Symphonic Orchestra, played the “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Rachmaninoff which is beautiful in terms of sound but extraordinarily difficult in terms of interpretation. The audience watched the pianist’s every move with bated breath, absorbing his incredibly expressive interpretation. At times, one could have the impression that he is not so much playing music, but he is the music himself. One could not fail to notice that Ignacy Lisiecki is unreservedly involved with what he does. When he finished and rose, the audience thanked him with rapturous applause. And the artist returned the favour with an encore of Robert Schumann’s “Dreaming”.
Portal Plock (concert on 14.06.2013, Płock)
„Homage to Brahms", with a transcript of the organ Choral Prelude by Brahms is a classical album with tranquil interpretations, it is serene and precise, He is one of the very few pianists in the world whose repertoire includes Robert Schumann’s complete works.
Wprost - Anna Gromnicka (Press Review for „Homage to Brahms“ CD)
Brahms - a new prophet, clad by the velvety hands of Ignaz Lisiecki. This young pianist from Poland is endowed with a great talent. Ignaz Lisiecki rendition of Brahms is powerful, brilliant, yet full of emotions. As Brahms normally allows no freedom in shaping the melodic line, we guess that the artist's intention was improvisation.
Audycja radiowa "De 6 a 7" Catherine Buser Espace 2 - Radio RTS Suisse 26 November 2013 (Szwajcaria/Swiss)
Lisiecki is not just another fresh-faced virtuoso from the conservatory, and not just another competition winner who plays like everyone else. Instead, Lisiecki is a musical thinker and a re-creator, and he has the technique required for his self-expression to come through. In other words, you might not remember his fingers, but you will remember his intellect and his sensitivity.
FANFARE MAGAZINE (USA)
A free form is not amorphous, but allows the artist to give his feelings their own sound structures. This is what lies at the core of "Homage to Brahms" by the Polish pianist Ignacy Lisiecki. The artist juxtaposes Brahms' Rhapsodies, oscillating between pathos and lyricism, with clearly accentuated sudden emotional changes and dynamic contrasts of Robert Schumann's Fantasie. Lisiecki particularly cares for the rhythmic pulse which contours adequately the discreet sound layers in his "Fantasy on a Theme from Chorale Prelude by Brahms".
Piano Magazine (Germany), Hans-Dieter Grünefeld