Ouest France - January 2019
"The repertoire for two pianos is little known to the public. Accomplices in life as well as on the stage, soloists Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle have chosen, for several years, to make shine these demanding compositions on two keyboards. With "Belle Epoque", the first album in a series devoted to the original repertoire for two pianos, the Franco-Russian duo plunges us into the heart of French music. (...) The perfect harmony of the duo opens a world where the two instruments become one."
Gramophone (UK) - December 2018
"In the March 2017 issue it was a pleasure to give a warm welcome to a recital from this husband-and-wife duo featuring the first recording of Saint-Saëns’s arrangement for two pianos of Liszt’s mighty B minor Sonata. They follow this with a second highly engaging and resourceful two-piano programme. (...) Here the war is referred to both obliquely and directly in all three movements, given a bold and characterful outing by the Russian duo"
artamag (France) - December 2018
"the cycle is much more ambiguous than it seems at first, Ludmila Berlisnkaya and Arthur Ancelle scrutinize the tiny shadows, the suspended lyricism, the unforgettable and fugitive melodies, the three beats dancing at the edge of the volcano, illuminating the comprehension of the musical text with a definitive art of piano playing (...) Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle restore in their worrying keyboards the abyss where resonate the lost calls of the bugles wandering on the battlefield, requiem of sounds finely incarnated."
Musicweb-international - December 2018
"This is not the first disc by the Ancelle Berlibskaya piano duo that I have, and I am sure that it won’t be the last (...) they give some marvellous performances (...) The performances are very good throughout, with the swifter tempos of Ancelle and Berlinskaya often helping (...) The sound on the whole is also very good, as are the booklet notes, making this a very attractive and welcome addition to my collection ; highly recommended."
Interdit d'Interdire (France) - December 2018
Ludmila & Arthur are part of the TV show on Russia Today Tv channel, to talk about "Belle Epoque"
International Piano (UK) - December 2018
"Here is a disc that is effervescent with joy from the off (...) Berlinskaya and Ancelle's pianism is fluent and sensitive (...) Debussy's En Blanc et Noir is the most famous piece here, given a superbly intelligent reading that breathes its own rarified air. A most interesting release"
Concertclassic (France) - November 2018
"the two pianists alternate two and four-hands pieces with exemplary complicity. The same complicity they share in telling the story they have woven, and which they unfold with a mixture of humor and tenderness. (...) In the hall, adults and children enjoy a wonderful tale in music with the same happiness ; it deserves to be repeated on other scenes !"
Paris Notre-Dame (France) - November 2018
"Enchanted parenthesis of a hour and a half when Claude Debussy, Piotr Illitch Tchaikovsky or Modest Mussorgsky have resumed life under the mischievous but assured fingers of the duo. They have resumed soul. Because seeing both artists bend their backs, make their fingers dance on the pristine keyboard, vibrate as they tip their head, look at each other, smile and go away with a peaceful but exhausted face, it can here be only a question of soul."
Kerk en Leven (Belgium) - November 2018
Kerk en Leven - J.C.
« Rarely do we hear Haydn this way: serious and airy simultaneously. Ancelle plays each note and every silence precisely and still gives you the feeling that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously (…) Joseph Haydn's humor is constantly present in the three sonatas. Arthur Ancelle clearly took to heart the recommendation written by the composer on the top of his scores : to play with open-mindedness, not stiff or in scholar way. In his own variations, Ancelle shows how much he masters the smooth combination that makes Haydn so characteristic : delicious spontaneity and freedom of mind on one hand, zest for life and harmony in the other. »
La Croix (France) - November 2018
Interview and presentation of recent album and upcoming concert in French newspaper La Croix
Lark Reviews (UK) - November 2018
"Reynaldo Hahn’s Le seul amour is intensely beautiful, but surrounded by equally compelling pieces. A lovely disc."
France Musique - November 2018
Lionel Esparza and his guests discuss the latest album release with a cocktail at the Hotel Bedford in Paris for France Musique's "Classic Club"
Classica (France) - November 2018
"Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle are models of precision and charm, with a sense of looseness, fluidity, and flexibility of timbre perfectly adapted to this extremely rich program"
Toute La Culture (France) - October 2018
Interview of the Duo about "Belle Epoque", by Yaël Hirsch
Radio RCF - October 2018
Bernard Niedda interviews the Duo about "Belle Epoque"
France Musique - October 2018
Ludmila Berlinskaya & Arthur Ancelle perform live on France Musique some excerpts of their "Belle Epoque" album, as part of the "Générations France Musique" show.
Piano Forum (Russia) - October 2018
"the exceptional level of interpretation and the irreproachable musical taste of the pianist do not spoil the integrity of the image: they "color" it more (...) We also want to emphasize the flexibility and the naturalness of the phrasing, the attention paid to the silences that allow the entire musical fabric to "breathe", subtly highlighting the individuality of each new theme and its smallest changes, as well as the keen attention of the pianist brought to polyphony. (...) The second solo album of Arthur Ancelle, monographic this time, clearly pursues the line of research he started with the Ballades de Chopin and the works of Dutilleux (2015), and demonstrates the maturity and depth of a musician of great intelligence and brilliant humor."
Radio Vinci Autoroute - October 2018
Charlotte Latour interviews the Duo about their "Belle Epoque" album
American Record Guide (USA) - September/October 2018
"These performances are unusual but brilliant and highly entertaining. (...) In recent reviews I expressed some reservations about repeats and ornaments in Haydn and Mozart, but such qualms evaporate in view of Ancelle’s spiritedness and invention. (...) It is remarkable how resilient Haydn’s music is to such an approach. This reveals much about its character, the full extent of which has perhaps been hidden up to now. (...) This French pianist plays with splendid technique (...) I look forward to the next adventure of this audacious artist."
Crescendo (Belgium) - September 2018
"she offers that clear and tasty sound, a subtle game of pedals and perfect breathing, essential qualities in this repertoire (...) this is a "devilishly" interesting record to discover"