On this album, Anna explores the rich and varied repertoire of the piano fantasy, from Beethoven's Sonata quasi una fantasia, "Moonlight", to Scriabin's evocative Sonata No.2 in G sharp minor, (Sonata-Fantasie). Chopin's magisterial Fantaisie in F minor, Op.49, has long been a cornerstone of Anna's repertoire. Here she explores what she calls a "deeply intense and powerful struggle for survival throughout the piece, from the opening Marche funèbre, to the pure chorale-prayer in the middle and closing with a heavenly recitative of the soul." For Anna, the heart of this exploration of the piano fantasy is Schumann's Fantasy Op.17, a work bursting with "passion, tenderness, hope and frustration, agitation and calmness....it is simply the music of heaven".
“The well-dosed tension build-up, the richness of colors that she puts into her playing, the beautiful phrasing, the convincing agogic accents, the pulsating rhythm without unnecessarily distracting accents and the dynamic proportionality.”
- Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek
“An exciting set of solo piano works played by Anna Fedorova, captured with superb concert-hall atmosphere by Dutch label Channel Classics.”
- Andrew Everard, Gramophone