“I would now have to count Ms. Merdinger’s account of Carnaval among the outstanding recordings of the score, recordings that include in my experience those of Alicia De Larrocha, Cecile Licad, Mitsuko Uchida, Nelson Freire, Claudio Arrau..Ms. Merdinger's playing is from the outset radiant, energetic, and aesthetically poised. When she needs to apply bravura showmanship, she's ready; when she needs a delicate touch, she's there; when she needs charisma or charm or poignancy, she's on top of the game. These portrayals of Schumann's characters and events sound beautiful, precise, and exciting. The big moments come through with enthusiasm and the soft moments are heartfelt. I loved every minute of her presentation.”
“My favorite performance among them is the opening selection, Bach’s cheerful Toccata in G, in a buoyant reading that introduces the high spirits of Merdinger’s musical personality. Another highlight is the Mendelssohn Rondo Capriccioso that concludes the disc, in which Merdinger delivers a fervent, high-powered introduction and an ebullient scherzo that suggests the joie de vivre of her Schumann decades later. "Retrospection CD"”
“Rosen could not have asked for a better
champion of his book that has profoundly influenced
pianists and scholars over the past forty years. As did
Rosen before her, Merdinger avidly explores the many
fascinating ways in which the three great figures of the
era – Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven – challenged one
another and built on each other’s discoveries”
Audio-Video Club of Atlanta
“Exciting performance here by Susan Merdinger… of Debussy’s “L’Isle Joyeuse”…Wow! That’s quite something! Obviously, Morton Gould’s “Pieces of China” has a quirky humor and flair to it that’s very special and you play it that way too…The critic in the Glasgow Herald referred to “Plenty of youthful vigor and commitment and an exhilarating, whirlwind performance” and that would apply, I think, to the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp minor we’ve just heard.”
WQXR: The Listening Room
“Excellent young pianist"”
The New York Times
“Tender and impassioned playing…Plenty of youthful vigor and commitment… An exhilarating, whirlwind performance.
The Glasgow Herald, Scotland
“Honesty Honored….In this era of pianists we have pianists galore, but pianists who are real artists at the same time are very rare indeed. Susan Merdinger is one of them, I am sure… (she) shows her mastery of the piano in endless differentiation. Her musicality and her intuition originate directly from her pure heart… Susan Merdinger is a most promising pianist whose honesty will be honored with a magnificent future.
Het Vaderland, Holland
“Susan Merdinger offered a daring, enormously joyous presentation of Schumann’s Carnaval, which captured and transfixed the audience…Her fast, strong technique was unbelievable…Her grasp of the large structural sweep of Beethoven’s Op. 109 was truly amazing, and her well thought out shaping of the multi-layered variations demonstrated great insight… Breathaking…refreshing…generously endowed gifts.
Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung
“Merdinger and Greene performed with charm, sensitivity, and bravado…. The playing sparkled and revealed unusual maturity and a considerable range of pianistic technique.”
The New Haven Register
“Considerable Virtuosity...Merdinger plays with great amounts of energy, a good feel for romantic and impressionistic repertoire, plenty of passion and power and a considerable range of tonal color and shadings…Her performance of Haydn’s Sonata No. 52 in E-flat major showed her ability to get around the keys quickly and toss off lots of flashy passagework...In Debussy’s “Estampes” and “L’Isle Joyeuse”, the pianist summoned interesting and lovely tone colors, delicately placed cascading figuration and well-placed harmonic voicing...The Sonata in B major, Op. 147 by Schubert was played with care and pleasant touch and pedal effects...Lovely lyrical moments... Sparkle and zip.
“Stylish, Elegant Mozart, Exciting Gershwin….Miss Merdinger commands a surprising power at the piano…quick and spiritual reaction, the highest ability and experience….The Beethoven Sonata Op. 109 sounded powerful and passionately moved…Equally impressive were Preludes by Debussy…
Frankfurter Neue Presse
“Impressive Young Artist…A spectacular piano concert…Susan Merdinger combines great musical sensibility with enormous technical facility…