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Any pianist who has mastered Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and is ready to record them must be admired. He or she must not only have a transcendental technique but also bring out the character and expressive content of the pieces, which are excellent musical tone poems. In both of these new releases the artist rise splendidly to this challenge. The young Chinese-Canadian Pianist is impressive with the Liszt etudes... plays with great clarity and delicacy (when appropriate) ..., it's a fine recording that I enjoyed listening to.
American Record Guide, September/October 2019, pages 107-108
The Concerto by Montero, whose piano part was played by Chinese-Canadian pianist Sheng Cai, showed us a new orchestral formation with strings. The sound, dynamics, and balance in relation to the soloist were exceptional. His role as accompanist was very well achieved...The soloist, crystalline and detailed, offered a heartfelt interpretation of this work.
*****5 stars, By Irene Littfack, 18th, November 2019 Bachtrack, London
He brings out the middle voice clearly and shapes it gorgeously, just as he sculpts the piů moderato toward the end with an impressively controlled rubato.”
Fanfare Magazine US, October 2019
Sheng Cai is a Canadian pianist with a growing international reputation. The playing on this disc is remarkable. In Franz Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Etudes (1852), what stand out are clear voicing, fine control of dynamics and a sense of expressive freedom.
Roger Knox, The WholeNote, September, 2019
Wisely, he does not attempt to overwhelm with Herculean forte dynamics at the climax. Clearly he captures the poetic side of Liszt compellingly... Everything works here, as octaves thrill, low chords toll ominously and powerfully, and dynamics fit in well with the emotional pitch of the music, all adding up to very good, demonic Liszt.
Inernational Music Web Review, London, UK, August 2019