He clearly didn’t feel any muffling of dynamics was needed in Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no. 5, which played beautifully into his emotionally frank style.
Saving the best for last, Goldberg turned in a performance of Brahms’s Handel Variations that mined the piece for the widest range of expressive color. Crisp in its neo-baroque variations and broodingly romantic in others, this was a young composer’s music infused with all the
youthful energy and feeling it demanded.
Joe Banno, The Washington Post
Washington, DC, United States
Victor Goldberg is a young Israeli pianist of astute interpretive sensibilities and finely polished technique... Rachmaninov’s "Moments Musicaux" are densely textured virtuosic showpieces that require the kind of ironclad technique that Mr. Goldberg brings to this rippling performance...
You can hear that combination of deference and imagination in Mr. Goldberg’s thoughtfully characterized renderings of the first three vignettes from Schumann’s “Fantasiestücke.”
Victor astounded the audience with the dazzling technique, speed, and nobility of his playing... He brought a one-of-a-kind experience to piano lover.
Victor Goldberg is an excellent pianist with a formidable technique, a powerful tone, and a romantic soul...
His intensely expressive performance had a powerful emotional impact. Domenico Scarlatti’s famous E major Sonata was played with filigree delicacy, crystal-clear runs and elegant leaps... Mr. Goldberg has a wide range of nuances and colors, which he used with great skill and imagination. The program’s highlight was Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Handel, one of the most daunting masterpieces of the repertoire. Goldberg met its instrumental and musical challenges with masterful technical and tonal command. Combining careful planning with spontaneity, austerity with romantic passion... it was a most impressive performance.
It was a great joy to watch his relaxed piano playing and elegant manners that elated the audience to the world of his music, as if hypnotizing them or making them drunk... His spiritual energy conquered the audience.
Goldberg is a pianist who clearly feels this music in the depths of his soul, and at the same time displays a stunning level of virtuosity. He handles the most dazzling passages of these pieces with brilliant technical skill and the more lyrical moments with real grace.
Hearing him immersed in this music is indeed a singular experience, and one that shouldn’t be missed...
Mozart’s heavenly melodies were enhanced by Victor’s delicate touch and expression performed joyously flamboyant with dainty staccatos and well-delineated phrasing in agile virtuosity. Before the frisky third movement Rondo, interpreted with a lot of verve but with that heavenly touch, Victor charmed the audience with his tender rendition of the second Andante movement.
His Scriabin left the audience breathless and speechless before they erupted in a roaring ovation!