Heller: Variations for piano
He shares the year of his birth with Verdi and Wagner. His pen-pal Robert Schumann called him a "witty talent," and listed him amongst his “Davidsbündler.” Everybody learning the piano knows Heller's “Melodic Etudes”, but who knows his character pieces, variations, dances, and Lieder? Listen to them on Biliana Tzinlikovas pointed and intimate recording.
„Throughout the recital the pianist, Biliana Tzinlikova, proves herself up to the many challenges which this music asks of its performer: an ability to handle a variety of difficulties including rapid scales, arpeggios galore, octaves, and the like; a keen sense of detail work with regard to articulation, dynamics, and pacing; and an overall sense of the nature of Heller’s ideas on what poetry and music should offer: elegance, clarity, and beauty. These traits Tzinlikova brings in spades and the results show. So, for those interested in 19th-century fare outside of (or perhaps better, in addition to) the standard Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Brahms, then Heller will surely be welcome in your collection!" (excerpt)
The article, written by Scott Noriega, originally appeared in Issue 40:1 (Sept/Oct 2016) of Fanfare Magazine.