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Review of Diaries: Schumann (Tiffany Poon)

Diaries: Schumann (Tiffany Poon)

Hong Kong-born New York-based Tiffany Poon is one of the piano world’s most enterprising vloggers and YouTube denizens, as well...

Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 03/2024

Review of SCHUBERT Piano Works Vol 7 (Vladimir Feltsman)

SCHUBERT Piano Works Vol 7 (Vladimir Feltsman)

In Vladimir Feltsman’s burly hands, Schubert’s Impromptus leap out of the drawing room into the opera house. The characteristically swimmy...

Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 03/2024

Review of POULENC Piano Music (Chiara Cipelli)

POULENC Piano Music (Chiara Cipelli)

Poulenc always claimed that the truest measure of his piano-writing was to be found not in the solo works or...

Reviewed by Patrick Rucker in issue: 03/2024

Review of MUSSORGSKY Pictures SCHUMANN Kriesleriana (Robert Neumann)

MUSSORGSKY Pictures SCHUMANN Kriesleriana (Robert Neumann)

‘If you play the text as it is printed you cannot hope for the music to make much sense. The...

Reviewed by Peter J Rabinowitz in issue: 03/2024

Review of HAMELIN New Piano Works

HAMELIN New Piano Works

Oh. My. Word. This is, I think, an important recording, not merely because it captures some of the most astonishing...

Reviewed by Jeremy Nicholas in issue: 03/2024

Review of Philip Glass: Solo

Philip Glass: Solo

‘If I’m to be remembered for anything’, Philip Glass has remarked, ‘it will probably be for the piano music, because...

Reviewed by Thomas May in issue: 03/2024

Review of BORENSTEIN Études, Opp. 66 & 86 & other piano works (Tra Nguyen)

BORENSTEIN Études, Opp. 66 & 86 & other piano works (Tra Nguyen)

Still in his early 50s, Nimrod Borenstein is rapidly establishing himself among the most recorded of contemporary composers in the...

Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse in issue: 03/2024

Review of BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 29 CHOPIN Piano Sonata No 2 (Beatrice Rana)

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 29 CHOPIN Piano Sonata No 2 (Beatrice Rana)

After elongating the opening bars of the Grave introduction of Chopin’s B flat minor Sonata, Beatrice Rana launches into the...

Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 03/2024

Review of Alon Sariel: Plucked Bach II

Alon Sariel: Plucked Bach II

This is an all-round stunning recording that has me desperately holding out for a ‘Plucked Bach III’. With the first...

Reviewed by Mark Seow in issue: 03/2024

Review of JS BACH Six Partitas (Giulia Nuti)

JS BACH Six Partitas (Giulia Nuti)

Anglo-Italian harpsichordist Giulia Nuti has a longish discography as a lively and quick-fingered continuo player but this is only her...

Reviewed by Lindsay Kemp in issue: 03/2024

Review of Take 3

Take 3

Pianist Polina Leschenko’s contribution to the booklet of this new album with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Reto Bieri is an essay...

Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 03/2024

Review of Path To the Moon

Path To the Moon

Take note of the cover artwork to Laura van der Heijden and Jâms Coleman’s ‘Path to the Moon’, because its...

Reviewed by Charlotte Gardner in issue: 03/2024

Review of Alena Baeva: Fantasy

Alena Baeva: Fantasy

An enthralling programme that stretches the idea of musical fantasy from the shorter of Schubert’s two great, late chamber works...

Reviewed by Rob Cowan in issue: 03/2024

Review of Live from the Concertgebouw: Piano trios by Shostakovich and Silvestrov

Live from the Concertgebouw: Piano trios by Shostakovich and Silvestrov

So far as the Shostakovich Trios are concerned, Korobeinikov, Gluzman and Moser enter a well-populated field but still manage to...

Reviewed by David Fanning in issue: 03/2024

Review of The Passenger: Piano Trios by Weinberg & Schubert

The Passenger: Piano Trios by Weinberg & Schubert

As pairings of composers go, there is a lot to commend Schubert and Weinberg. Apart from Schubert being one of...

Reviewed by Michelle Assay in issue: 03/2024

Review of PROKOFIEV 'Prokofiev Milestones Vol 1'

PROKOFIEV 'Prokofiev Milestones Vol 1'

This attractive CD is a fresh look at some of Prokofiev’s chamber repertoire, although I wondered whether ‘milestones’ is the...

Reviewed by Marina Frolova-Walker in issue: 03/2024

Review of LOCKE Consorts Flat and Sharp

LOCKE Consorts Flat and Sharp

This disc completes the suites ‘for My Cousin Kemble’ begun on Phantasm’s previous Matthew Locke recording (11/18) and twins them...

Reviewed by Edward Breen in issue: 03/2024

Review of LEFANU 'The Path Above the Dunes'

LEFANU 'The Path Above the Dunes'

Métier continues its welcome coverage of Nicola LeFanu with this volume of four works spanning some 46 years of her...

Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse in issue: 03/2024

Review of Haydn All-Stars

Haydn All-Stars

Crisp, brightly sharp-edged and powerful, vibrato-less and pleasantly dry, the opening chord of Haydn’s Piano Trio in E minor, HobXV:12,...

Reviewed by Charlotte Gardner in issue: 03/2024

Review of GERNSHEIM String Quartets Vol 2

GERNSHEIM String Quartets Vol 2

If you were seeking to dispel the image of Gernsheim as an epigone of Brahms and a lesser-known contemporary of...

Reviewed by Peter Quantrill in issue: 03/2024


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