"Placed at the top of Pianist magazine’s list of “Pianists to Look Out for in 2020”, the young Latvian Daumants Liepins also offers fireworks, yet they are always embedded in sustained drama. Listen to the aqueous flow and stormy waves in the second of Rachmaninov’s Op 39 Études-Tableaux, or the textural subtleties and fiery panache in the composer’s Second Sonata, dispatched in its tightened 1931 revision. Sensitive, imaginative, in full command of his instrument’s resources, Liepins effortlessly keeps the listener transfixed.
That’s equally true with the Third Sonata of Imants Zemzaris, a contemporary Latvian with a quizzical attitude towards his musical material. Restless and obsessive, this singular sonata exactly suits what Liepins describes as his recital’s theme: “the majesty of nature and the fragility of the soul”. This is a deeply satisfying album."