In 1997 Simax Classics proclaimed: ‘The first and last recording of Sigurd Slåttebrekk – Piano Works by Ravel (PSC 1112).’ We were very exited to release a fantastic debut recording by a rare musical talent, but sad to inform that with this disc he would now totally withdraw from musical activities altogether. So where the critics:
And he did quit. Did not play at all for several years. After a long period of silence a rumour reached us; Sigurd is playing again! In 2002 he gave an all Schumann programme during the Oslo Chamber Music Festival. And here he is back with mesmerizing readings of Schumann on CD. No less than total instrumental control is a must for these piano works. Divine detail, passages and moments are woven into the music, waiting for the one who can make them appear. This was the challenge that brought Slåttebrekk back to the recording studio.
– The lyrical and introvert sections are presented with the most subtle and thoughtful sound on earth. Melancholy the way it should be – sad and lovely at the same time. This is Slåttebrekk at his best, floating across order and bar-lines – into the freedom of music.