Zeynep Ucbasaran, concert pianist
Santa Barbara, California

What the critics are saying

Santa Barbara LISZT Album  and pianist ZEYNEP Ucbasaran

"Brilliant... An outstanding CD... Zeynep Ucbasaran's playing is particularly fine in the impassioned Funérailles."
                                                                                     John Pitt, New Classics, UK
 "In a recital entirely devoted to Liszt, this young Turkish pianist has produced a noteworthy first record. Her program includes several brilliant pieces, but most of the space is devoted to poetry and romantic meditation. And this type of music best reveals Zeynep Ucbasaran's artistic talents. In the Funérailles, she expresses a sustained romanticism, shaped by a sensitivity that knows its own limits. Such masking of her virtuoso performance would lead to a too restrained interpretation were it not for the subtle contrasts she achieves, for instance in the crescendos, which she skillfully manages right to their peak."
Stephane Villemin,
American Record Guide
  "Captured with breath-taking clarity and range.. a mesmerizing album."
Gerald Carpenter,
The Independent
"This is a well-played and extremely musical Liszt recital. By an essentially understated approach, yet one that does not skimp on virtuosity, she successfully negotiates pieces as wild as  Eroica or as spiritual as The Bells of Geneva. Funérailles is extremely demanding - Zeynep is clearly equal to it.. The three song transcriptions are beautifully played.  The Spanish Rhapsody, always in control, never forced, and with excellent lyrical episodes brings the recital to an exciting conclusion."
                        Ying Chang,
The Classical Source, UK
"There is no question that Zeynep Ucbasaran has the technical equipment to handle Liszt's challenges, but what is most impressive is the intelligence andsensitivity she brings to her playing. Ucbasaran handles the demanding passages of Fantasie und Fuge über das Thema B-A-C-H with elegance.. and concludes with a rousing version of the Rhapsodie espagnole."
  Tony Gualtieri,
  Classical Music Review
"Zeynep Ucbasaran meets the technical and musical challenges of some of Liszt's larger pieces impressively.."
Paul Turok,
 "A gifted young artist, at her best in the BACH Fantasy and Fugue and the Spanish Rhapsody. She has a secure technique and a sound sense of structure.."
                                                                               Christopher Howell,
MusicWeb, London