For Johannes Brahms, the composition of variations on themes from sources as diverse as Handel, Paganini, and Hungarian folk music was a significant element in forging a personal musical language from the traditions of Bach and Beethoven. The Russian-born pianist Olga Kern is a winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
"Kern's observation of the printed page is to be applauded and she handles the infamous technical difficulties with aplomb."—Gramophone
"Kern produces a singing melodic line, with clear subsidiary voices, and her touch is controlled and even. I've never heard a Yamaha [piano] sound this good, with weighty bass and a warm, supple tone."—The Absolute Sound
"Kern is an incisive technician and a powerful player. She delivers the goods with confidence and authority."—Fanfare