Libération (France) - April 2019
"Arthur Ancelle and Ludmila Berlinskaya are on fire once again (...) These two complement each other perfectly and find step by step a common path where they flourish in mirror. »
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."
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"
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. »
Lark Reviews (UK) - November 2018
"Reynaldo Hahn’s Le seul amour is intensely beautiful, but surrounded by equally compelling pieces. A lovely disc."
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"
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."
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"
American Record Guide (USA) - July/August 2018
Sang Woo Kang
"Berlinskaya is at her best, with vibrant, spontaneous, and enchanting playing."
Fanfare (USA) - July 2018
"Berlinskaya has a strong musical personality, supported by a technique that can execute any expressive choice she desires and an artistic maturity that refines her bold musical instincts. (...) she is a true pianistic personality: technically superb, artistically mature, consistently expressive, and subtly unique. I look forward to becoming increasingly familiar with her work. (...) Highly recommended."
RESMUSICA (FRANCE) - JUNE 2018
« Nikolai Medtner’s tenth sonata here in a sumptuous interpretation (...) A Ravel of a very original conception, imagined far from the standards and the superficial, a little worn, "French" clichés (...) the course of Kreisleiriana , alternately carried away without haste, or meditative without being sickly, rarely seemed so narrative, elliptical and precisely tortuous at the same time in its psychological and musical labyrinth: the interpreter seems, even more here, to take the listener by the hand and guide him step by step in an inner journey with multiple intertwining, for a meditative or painful journey from which no one will come out unscathed. For this disturbingly strange vision (to quote Freud about Hoffmann's Tales), this wonderful recital alone deserves to be acquired, and will enable many music lovers to discover an eminent and endearing pianist who, by her musical destiny and aesthetic bets succeeded - and how! - to give herself a name. »
GRAMOPHONE (UK) - JUNE 2018
« Arthur Ancelle certainly pushes his point further than most. (...) this issue shows Ancelle to be an intelligent and adventurous artist whose Haydn deserves to be heard by even those normally averse to interventionist approaches »
ARTAMAG - MAY 2018
« the French pianist plays clear but deep in the keyboard, transforms the eccentricities in disarming confidences, opening the doors of a secret garden which he traverses with a brio tinged with tenderness. Magnificent album that calls for more. »
FONOFORUM (GERMANY) - MAY 2018
« There is mature audacity, in which factual fantasy and accuracy, emphasis and simplicity are impressively combined. Berlinskaya's play convinces from the first Beethoven bars on with a fine modeling of the musical event, which gives their play an unmistakable character: serious, clear without any pedal fog, strictly on the text and yet interpreting it delicately with a lot of imagination. (...) She also managed to play without the slightest artistic weakness the sonata of Medtner, title of the album, and Opus 16 of Schumann; (...) Ravel's "noble and sentimental Waltzes" are particularly striking for me personally: Berlinskaya performs it without the usual mixture of demonstrative tidiness and sentiment thus she manages to bring out all the more clearly their harmonious and artistic perfection. Great, sustainably impressive interpretive art. »
MAGAZIN KLASSIK (GERMANY) - APRIL 2018
"Bewitching", "Enchantment", "Exhilarating", "Ludmila Berlinskaya triumphs at technical level, her delicate dynamic touches also inspire enthusiasm" "The grandiose interpretation is obviously the result of an in-depth study of the devilish work"
TOUTE LA CULTURE (FRANCE) - MARCH 2018
« Ancelle offers this month a vibrant and personal vision of three Haydn sonatas. Choosing the piano and decided to convince us of the creativity and "fun" of Haydn, Arthur Ancelle interprets and overflows his subject with vivacity to train us in a powerful and irresistible music flow. »