BizjakDuo

Poulenc, Martinu, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Onyx

“An excellent programme of 20th-century pieces for two pianos from this impressive duo of sisters. The lively textures and contrasts, bound to life, with grit and delicacy.” BBC Music Magazine
“This marvellous and glaring CD (cf. Their Stravinsky CD), made us wonder how the duo could possibly repeat this recording masterstroke. Two pianos, four hands, one virtuosity: the Bizjak sisters take the listener away, while revealing one of Martinu’s most unknown score.”
Gilles Macassar, ffff Télérama
“A disc that looks like it will be coming round for further mentions in the Awards season.” Adrian Edwards, Gramophone
“Fizz, froth and high jinks characterise this album of music for two pianos.”
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
“Now comes an absolute belter from the Serbian sisters Sanja and Lidija Bizjak, whose reputation is soaring: they’ve already appeared at the Royal Albert Hall Proms playing Carnival Of The Animals, and are noted for the electrifying immediacy of their playing. Nothing on the playlist is staple material: everything is fresh”
Michael Tumelt, The Herald Scotland

Ljubica Marić : Byzantine Concerto

Lidija Bizjak, RTS Symphony Orchestra, Premil Petrović

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka, Mirare

“The Bizjak tandem celebrates the eternal Rite of Spring. We were KO’d! Two sisters, born in Belgrade, take up this challenge with a stunning brio. This black and white, X-rayed Stravinsky version is better than a lesson of symphonic anatomy : it is a study of algebra and musical alchemy” Gilles Macassar, ffff Télérama

Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals, Lyrinx

Stanojlo Rajičić : Piano Concerto no.3

Lidija Bizjak, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Darinka Matić Marović

Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, DiscAuverS

“She knows how to contain the flux, give shape to phrases, emphasize the counterpoint. The piano fades away in the profit of an orchestral conception but nevertheless keeps a very delicate curve. Not a wildly excess but a galop for pleasure.” Stéphane Friédérich, Pianiste (Maestro reward)

“Sanja Bizjak has interpreted these complete Etudes-Tableaux with a supreme musicality, playing with enormous technical difficulties to make each of these pages true polychrome and wonderfully suggestive scenes. An artist to follow with the most vigilant attention.” Bruno Serrou, La Croix

Schumann & Schubert Sonatas, Lyrinx

“Lidija Bizjak’s piano sounds with regal abundance, without hardness, with a prolonged resonance that reveals what care this young artist takes not to go against the nature of her instrument; even more, how deeply she is in love with it – no less than with the music she plays…”Alain Lompech (Diapason d’or Découverte” award)

“Her Schumann is impassioned and hot-blooded; her Schubert, as with all the greatest performers, blends the tentative and the resolute, in just the right proportions. An encounter between the symphonic and the purely pianistic; between loveliness and dissonance. Nothing showy or facile. Nothing but music.  And what music!” Jacques Drillon, Nouvel Observateur