The last note floats away into the sky, with it the hearts of the listeners - a moment of silence then long lasting applause.
GUANGBO DIANSHI XINXI
Passionate roaring and thundering as well as tender stroking the keys, everything has been there with every imaginable nuance.
What became offered by the pianist Tim Ovens (...), outdid up to now everything there has been before.
It was overwhelming.
He illuminated the sounds actually medita-tively, could create and hold great tension.
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
Tim Ovens understood it, to move his audience into spell of his interpretation for one and a half hours.
He fulminantly played the piano cycle "Pictures of an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgski. Then, with Minimal Music, he took a step further by taking on the contemporary composer Stephen Monta-gue. The audience experienced a tour de force through a rich sound world with which the pianist, with the exertion of all his powers, resurrected various images in his listeners, gloomy, colorful, crawling, and even of heavenly beauty.
HANNOVERSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
Ovens played clearly and high-powered; he brought everything out of the Beethoven Largo.
Not only Ovens´ technical superiority, the neatness and the sparkling lightness of his touch has been convincing, but also the expressive certainty.
NEUE RUHR ZEITUNG
Tim Ovens could demonstrate all merits of his piano playing: full, but likewise spiritual shaping, coping with all technical difficulties in superior style, musically founded nuances of dynamic and agogic by drawing the inner tension from the first up to the last tone.
GUANGBO DIANSHI XINXI (China)
No doubt, the strong applause was meant mainly for the pianist Tim Ovens. His virtuoso ability above all triumphed in the final.
(First performance of the piano concerto of Siegfried Pensel)
The performance of Tim Ovens playing the piano concerto no. 1, B flat minor, op. 23 of Peter Tschaikowsky proved to be impressive. Sure proof in technique and interpretation he corresponded with the orchestra.
(...) Frenetic applause...
The enormous involvement of Tim Ovens, his feeling and living with the music attracted the attention already here, his technically brilliant playing convinced ones. It became plausible by the enormous personal magnetism of the artist.
Asiatic charm with pictorial sounds which Tim Ovens draws expressively.
(...) Enthusiasm in the audience.