"Beautifully phrased, subtly coloured and acutely characterised, Novacek's playing is outstanding."
"Novacek is deeply sensitive to high-octane drama, playing with an enviable fluency and conviction. He is highly rewarding artist that shows clear textures, warm tonal colours and insightful musicality. His playing captures a reflection and nostalgia at the heart of music...a master of inwardness."
"Libor Novacek gave a spine-tingling and in my experience unsurpassed performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition."
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
"The Czech pianist Libor Novacek’s considerable reputation rests primarily on his Liszt performances, though he is also a superb Brahmsian...
This is big-boned playing, very Romantic and covering a huge dynamic and emotional range. The high point comes, however, with Novacek’s performance of the Op 117 Intermezzos, which are heartbreaking in their quiet intensity.
Novacek reveals himself a master of high poetry, lyrical beauty, dark and sinister moods and refined shadings."
"Libor Novacek demonstrated his ability to produce a wide spectrum of rich, broad, colourful and resounding sound.
Novacek enraptured himself in the music of Brahms’s 3 Intermezzi, thus making time stand still… he showed fearless and flawless touch, phenomenal inspiration and imagination, well-pondered architecture of the large passages and musical form, and often displayed his mastery over extreme technical difficulties."
"The new Liszt CD by Libor Novacek is exceptional...he shows a rare combination of virtuosity and musical intelligence. Novacek emerges as a master of multi-linear articulation, giving independent strands of simultaneous musical material their own identity. He proves himself an artist of distinction, with readings of radiant sensitivity and tantalising understatement."
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
"Novacek performs Liszt with an exceptional verve and inwardness...he re-creates a rare sense of wonder and interior magic."
"Highly spirited and fresh playing with great stylistic details, precision and spontaneity – such attributes define Novacek´s playing."
"Libor Novacek invokes the spirits of such keyboard giants as Julius Katchen, Sviatoslav Richter and Claudio Arrau. Novacek almost suspends time, such is his concentration and his ability to maintain a steady pulse. He shows himself to be a matchless interpreter of Brahms."
RADIO NEW ZEALAND