Neue MusikzeitungApril 2021"Larderet makes every chord shine in all its complexity, compellingly builds up the small sound dramas, gives the large pieces that aura of sublime violence that does not let go of the listener until the end; and thus captivates for 87 minutes with the only interruption of the CD change. And incidentally, adding to all the poetry, he turns out to be one of the best pianists of our time.”
Neue Musikzeitung (Germany) - April 2021 issue
Fanfare MagazineMarch 2021“Once more, Larderet projects forceful tritones, tolling bells, so as to invoke a grim procession subtle in its invocation of Tristan’s “longing” motif (Liszt's La lugubre gondola). […] This broad but through-composed piece (Ballade N°2) allows Larderet to display bravura technique and a real panoply of keyboard color, chromatic, in cascades of broken octaves or plummeting and rising scales. […] Larderet injects the requisite girth, tautness, and sensitivity into this tribute to the heroic spirit with an ardor and technical panache we like from Horowitz and Cziffra, admirable company, indeed.”
Fanfare Magazine (USA) N° 44:4 - Mar/Apr 2021 issue
Télérama 3 fJanuary 2021"Perfectly at ease in this contrasted universe, Vincent Larderet, depending on the pieces, demonstrates the endurance of a marathon runner or the precision of a miniaturist. Devoid of effects (but not of brilliance), never brutal, his approach is elegant, rigorous, concerned with balance and nuance."
Télérama fff Award N°3707 (France)
Klassik Heute "Empfehlung"December 2020"He not only has absolute control over his instrument and all parameters of piano playing, but also a mental, or rather poetic-philosophical, penetration of the works and their content that I have never encountered in this form with Liszt. [...] First and foremost, however, it is with a tremendous emotional urgency that electrifies me about Larderet's well-thought-out Liszt interpretation. Between virtuosity and spirituality, between asceticism and pathos, an inner tremor that is tense and just controllable pervades his game; and that's why his Liszt recording is deeply personal for me, so incomparable and simply recommendable.”
Klassik Heute "Empfehlung" (Germany) - December 30th, 2020
Musical LifeNovember 2020“[…] Vincent Larderet is considered to be one of the most eminent pianists of our time. The very concept of the program from the works of Franz Liszt convinces us that Larderet […] is a deep thinker and philosopher.”
“Larderet, quite justifiably, once again throws off the artificial shackles of the 'anti-impressionist' and gives free rein to his strongest sides - the ability to 'paint music', playing with timbres, contrasts of dynamic nuances, the deep and full-blooded sound of the instrument.[…]
This is not a piano, not an organ, or even an orchestra, but a chorus of human voices. It seems that such a 'special effect' could only be achieved with a very personal experience. And again, one has to wonder where a young man like Larderet has a life experience that allows him to penetrate into such abysses?"
Musical Life Magazine (Russia) N°11 - Nov. 2020 issue
MusicWeb InternationalOctober 2020"Larderet unleashes some powerful passion and drama [...] In each of the works, Larderet achieves some wonderful sonorities and effects. [...] This is a programme that has been carefully and intelligently constructed and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed its contrasting elements. It’s been beautifully recorded and offers the listener much to enjoy." [LISZT Between Light & Darkness 2 CD Set]
MusicWeb International (UK)
Theater JonesJuly 2019Ravishing Ravel : Pianist Vincent Larderet closed this year's French-themed PianoTexas Festival at Texas Christian University.
"Appropriate to the arrival, just a few hours after the close of the recital, of July—the month of the great national holidays of both the U.S. and France—Larderet encored with Debussy’s Prelude Feu d’artifice (“Fireworks”), delivered with explosive energy."
Theater Jones (USA)
Wayne Lee Gay
Clavier Companion MagazineJuly 2018"Larderet delivers a personal and well-crafted performance of Images Book I, choosing unusual voicings which produce admirable clarity from start to finish. Further in his performances of the second Book of Préludes, he shares unique interpretative ideas, sculpting every texture and layer as if painting a picture and telling a story with his sound. [...] Where this disc truly shines, however, is in Larderet arrangement of the Caplet transcription of Debussy Symphonic Fragments of Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. [...] On this disc, one hears two masters at work : Debussy for harmony and style, and Larderet for flair and appeal."
Clavier Companion Magazine (USA) - July / August 2018 issue
Fanfare MagazineMay 2018"This is a stunningly played recital of two of Debussy’s most familiar cycles and a world premiere of pianist Vincent Larderet’s expansion of André Caplet’s piano reduction of Debussy’s incidental music to Grabriele D’Annunzio’s Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. Reviews in these pages of Larderet’s previous work have been unanimously positive. Peter Burwasser recently (40:4) grouped him with Pollini, Brendel, and Badura-Skoda as 'masterful technicians and intellectual[s].' John Bell Young wrote (39:3) that Larderet 'has blossomed into a great pianist indeed.' And Colin Clarke (35:5) described his playing as 'gripping and multitimbred.' I will add that it is full of vivid colors, subtle rubato, and an equal affinity for the contemplative and the virtuosic aspects of Debussy’s writing."
Fanfare Magazine (USA) N°41:5 - May / June 2018 issue
The Record GeijutsuMay 2018"It can be said that it is a wonderful performance combining playfulness and polished poetry."
The Record Geijutsu (Japan) - May 2018 issue
Fono ForumApril 2018"Vincent Larderet, with his interpretation of the second Book of [Debussy's] Préludes in comparison with the youngest of the named 'old Master' [Krystian Zimerman], is almost on equal footing. The juxtaposition of individual voices and chords, the highly differentiated dynamics and the parallel play of colors require the interpreter to achieve a maximum in the areas of agogics and pedaling. Larderet possesses great subtlety in this regard. [...] The symphonic fragments from Le Martyre de saint Sébastien are a real enrichment on Larderet's SACD."
Fono Forum (Germany) N° 04 - 2018 / April 2018 issue
Classica 5 stars "Coup de cœur"April 2018"The musicality of Larderet, his art of transitions and the quest for the mystery behind appearances are perfectly suited to the First Series of Images and the Book II of Preludes which the soloist brings an orchestral dimension (Feux d’artifice). [...] A stone in the debussyst edifice. "
Classica Magazine (France) N° 201 - April 2018 issue
Michel Le Naour
Pizzicato 5November 2017"Vincent Larderet’s extremely clear and finely nuanced playing combined with one almost symphonic sound sensibility reduced for the piano, serves Debussy’s music very well. On the CD there is also a premiere recording : a suite from Le Martyre de saint-Sébastien transcribed for piano by André Caplet."
Pizzicato 5 (Luxembourg)
ConcertclassicNovember 2017“Around 20 km from Strasbourg, the Würth Museum of Erstein inaugurated in 2008 offers a beautiful setting for a piano festival which Vincent Larderet provides the artistic Direction. [...] The program which Vincent Larderet chose for the inaugural evening is distinguished by its density. [...] In the second part, Liszt's Après une lecture de Dante is performed with greatness, dexterity and a deep sonority which underlines the importance of the teaching received in Lübeck with Bruno Leonardo Gelber.”
Michel Le Naour
Fanfare MagazineMarch 2017"French pianist Vincent Larderet belongs to that class of artists who are both masterful technicians and intellectual. His compatriot Pierre-Laurent Aimard is also in this category, and in the previous generation we can include Maurizio Pollini, Alfred Brendel (...). He conveys a sense of a young genius still trying to find a proper vehicle for what is already a distinctive voice."
Fanfare Magazine (USA) N° 40:4 - Mar/Apr 2017 issue
Musica 5 starsFebruary 2017“I am convinced that we will speak a lot of Vincent Larderet in the future. His Brahms has a huge tragic force for the depth of sound, breath phrasing, the density of speech and a lyrical, passionate, painful intensity. (…) A great value CD on which the ghost of Claudio Arrau seems to appear in the background.”
MUSICA 5 stars Award (Italy) n°283 - February 2017 issue
Classica 4 starsDecember 2016"A recording that imposes itself by its height of view."
Classica (France) N°188 - Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 issue
Rondo MagazinNovember 2016"Vincent Larderet hat sich nun beider Werke für eine CD angenommen, und sein eigener Beihefttext zeigt, dass er sich eine Menge Gedanken um die Hintergründe dieses Programms gemacht hat. Die intensive geistige Durchdringung der Materie wird in seinem Spiel durchaus auch hörbar. Larderet vermag zudem eine Menge Plastizität in die Satzstruktur zu bringen: Wer tiefer in die Stücke einsteigen will, dem liefert Larderet einen Höreindruck von so bemerkenswerter Klarheit, dass er einen analytischen Zugang zur Materie passagenweise fast ohne Notentext in der Hand ermöglicht."
RONDO Magazin (Germany)
MusicWeb InternationalOctober 2016“Larderet plays with commanding virtuosity, purposeful direction and shows a real empathy for this music. [ Brahms Sonata n°3 op.5 ]”
“It’s a performance [ Berg's Sonata op.1 ] that sets the bar high, and stands side by side with two of my favourites by Mitsuko Uchida and Glenn Gould.”
MusicWeb International (UK)