"For Feltsman, Schumann is at the very heart of the matter...Nimbus's presentation is exemplary." Gramophone, September 2015
"Schumann didn’t write down to his students rather he gave them so many fine tunes and ideas that he could easily have used elsewhere. This is music for children but, nevertheless, full of fine ideas revealed here wonderfully by Vladimir Feltsman. He brings an understated authority to these pieces and is well recorded at Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK. There are excellent booklet notes by Vladimir Feltsman." http://theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/vladimir-feltsman-reveals-many-fine.html
"Feltsman is known for his muscular recordings of Baroque and romantic repertoire. But to play these simpler works requires a different kind of aptitude. Here he proves his interpretive range; his playing is crisp, clean, and sensible, even drawing out subtle contrasts. ‘Folk Song’ is delicate and shimmering; the upper lines of the melody are pristine. The familiar ‘Happy Farmer’ has rich and warm tones.
Though these are ostensibly “children’s” pieces, there is a depth to his playing that makes them sound haunting: listen to ‘Chorale’ or ‘First Loss’. The stumbling harmonies and somewhat awkward melodic shapes in ‘First Loss’ pictures a sadness that can’t quite be expressed or accommodated. Childhood is transient, after all." American Record Guide
“This is in many ways an easy recording to review as everything about it - presentation, sound and artistry - is pleasing. Vladimir Feltsman has already displayed the mastery and versatility of his art in a series of first rate recordings for Nimbus; now this issue may take its place in his discography as a highly desirable modern version of music not especially richly represented in the catalogue. The Album for the Young is a collection of 43 short piano pieces originally written by Schumann for his three daughters as a result of his dissatisfaction with the practice material then available. They are much more than technical exercises, being exquisite little portraits which may be played for pleasure by children and adults alike; A delightful recital from one of the best pianists active today.” Ralph Moore, musicweb-international.com