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The reviews for EARLY DEPARTURES are in!

Jed Distler, GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

"Varga taps into the expressive sound world of Janacek's In the Mists, employing ample rubato and generally measured tempos. Indeed he transforms the Andantino into a moody tone poem... The pianist closes with the Adagio from the Bach D Minor concerto after Marcello. The gentle inward reading realizes Varga's soothing, calming intention... [A] a beautifully executed and engineered achievement, that does this talented young pianist proud."

Rob Haskins, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"The performances are exquisite... they show a fine sense of shaping a lyrical melodic line with perfect tonal control"

RAFAEL'S MUSIC NOTES

“Make no mistake, this artist is not yet another dazzling firebrand eagerly ready for his next interview and photo-op combo, but a deeply serious musician well in the midst of a major career."
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BBC MUSIC

“Varga's poignant homage to composers who died far too young includes delightful world premieres by Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti."

Dominy Clements, MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"Matei Varga pours as much emotion into [this] performance as I can recall hearing before on record... his ideas are powerful and convincing... [He] has certainly given us much of himself on this excellent recording, and it deserves a place on the shelf of any collection of fine piano music."
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