A tribute by conductor Hannu Lintu
A performance with Angela Hewitt is always a joy, shared by her colleagues and audience. Her airy, inventive and bright touch never ceases to amaze me. She crowns her visionary feel for tempo by adding colour to the texture in precisely the right way. For Angela, the foundation for everything is Bach, but despite – or maybe precisely because of – this, she is at home in works by all the great composers: as an interpreter, she is a true match for Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Messiaen. Personally, I particularly prize the Schumann Piano Concerto we recorded together. From her I have learnt the importance of paying infinite attention to the notes on the page, and just how much a successful performance depends not only on inspiration and skill but also on endless background work.
Angela is one of the few whose discs have the feel of a live performance. The overall picture is crystal-clear. Her vision and dialogue with the composer’s spirit are astoundingly well-balanced. If and when the record industry still has a future, it will be thanks to musicians like Angela Hewitt.