American Record Guide

Schliessmann’s new release collects a number of works often recorded by pianists (the program includes the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue) along with the Fantasia and Fugue in A minor (S 904) and an interesting three-movement complex made from the C-minor Fantasy and Fugue (S 906) and the Adagio in G (S 968). His tone is lovely and singing; his phrasing imaginative and probing (even in such an absolutely familiar work as the opening section of the Partita’s first movement). Some fast passagework sounds unsteady (Capriccio of the Partita, Fantasy in C minor), but at his best – in the fast movements of the Italian Concerto and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue – he has no rivals.

—Rob Haskins