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"A musician to her fingertips..." Musical Opinion

"Carole Presland possesses all the qualities of a great pianist: beauty of sound, infallible technique, a rigorous intellect and scrupulous attention to the smallest detail...."
      Journal de Clermont L'Herault
      Solo recital,Montpelier Festival

"The Brahms Klavierstucke Op 118 are six intense pieces that allowed Presland to demonstrate her tremendous control of the instrument...Under the pianist's fingers the passagework (in Ravel) absolutely sparkled - this was a spellbinding performance , only to be eclipsed by the Janacek Sonata, which was handled with amazing insight and the slow movement was simply captivating" 
       Surrey Mirror.
       Solo Recital, Reigate

"An occasion to remember... crisp and fluent playing"....
       Manchester Evening News
       Solo recital

"The cellist formed a persuasive partnership with Carole Presland for Barber's cello and piano sonata - properly passionate and fluent"
       The Independent

"The pedigree of the superb and rich toned cellist Clive Greensmith was matched by that of his pianist, Carole Presland".    
       The Times
       Recital, Purcell Room

"The two artists returned to offer the audience further confirmation of their subtle and delicate qualities and excellent display of ensemble playing... Greensmith is a lyricist who knows how to give his best in 'cantabile' playing and has an admirable ability to make the instrument sing in even its most extreme, hidden sonorities. Presland, more energetic and direct, gives us playing of total security, always absolutely certain in its musical direction... Complementary in their diverseness, the two characters integrate to form an intelligent and homogenous dialogue" 
       Il Piccolo
       Recital In Trieste, Italy

"Laura Samuel's alternately langorous and dazzling account of the lengthy violin triptych  Three Myths (was) acccompanied with resonance and flow by Carole Presland... Belcea and Presland returned after the interval with a transcription of the more shapely, plaintive contours of Roxana's Aria from King Roger, touchingly done..."
   The Independent
   The Belcea Quartet and Friends at Wigmore Hall

"Full bodied, by contrast, was the wonderful playing of the pianist accompanying Mr Carroll, Carole Presland, who was sometimes more of a focus than the cellist, making this a true duo evening. It was Ms Presland's supremely competent playing, for instance, that helped make the last movement of the Beethoven such a highlight'..
      New York Times

"I was impressed with the darting quicksilver reading Carroll and Ms Presland bestowed on the often elusive Debussy. I loved the impetuous excitement and humorous flexibility of it all. The work really came alive for me. The two protagonists brought an urgent drama and dynamic range to the vintage 1960 Britten Sonata... particularly notable were the outbursts in the opening section, the spacious dignity of the Elegy and the ferocious clenched fist drive of the culminating Moto Perpetuo"
      New York Concerts Quarterly Review
      Concert at 92nd Street Y, New York

"It became abundantly clear that Carole Presland is one of our finest chamber music pianists. Thomas Carroll's virtuosity did by no means overshadow that of Carole Presland, who revelled in the opportunities to shine which the teenage Chopin gave to the piano, his own instrument. A splendid, inspiring morning of lively music-making".       
      Seen and Heard
      Recital at Blackheath Concert Halls