Boomkat Product Review:
If you add together Henning Schmiedt's self-back-patting text on the Flau website with the ever so slightly self-satisfied looking (s)mugshot inside the slimline digipak, you might find yourself starting to get a bit impatient with him. He clearly thinks his new album of solo piano music is the bee's knees - you might find yourself "carried away by its beautiful harmonies", enchanted by its "wonderful sounds." In fact, if you like this record even half as much as Henning does, it'll be in your end of year top ten list. Fortunately, Klavierraum really is quite lovely, avoiding post-production high jinks for the most part, instead focussing on Henning's impressive technique, with which he plots out sturdy melodic passages, or at times dispenses rapid-fire, hugely expressive keyboard runs, which despite their floridity ultimately exude a soothing, even meditative quality. This natural talent is assisted by a recording cloaked in rich, reverberant sustain, augmented by the occasional foray into digital treatments and looped signals. Amazing stuff - and he knows it.