Reviews

Review of Alexander Ullman: The Nutcracker, Petrushka, Cinderella

Alexander Ullman: The Nutcracker, Petrushka, Cinderella

It’s just not fair. The pianist is marvellous and the programme is attractive. But the brittle, drier-than-dry recorded sound really...

Harmonia Mundi
Reviewed by Michelle Assay in issue: 04/2018

Review of MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition RAVEL Miroirs (Donohoe)

MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition RAVEL Miroirs (Donohoe)

If technicolour accounts of Mussorgsky’s Pictures are not your thing, and you wish the pianist wasn’t determined to make the...

BIS
Reviewed by Michelle Assay in issue: 06/2018

Review of FRANCK Piano works (Michael Korstick)

FRANCK Piano works (Michael Korstick)

On the surface, Michael Korstick’s interpretation of Franck’s Prélude, choral et fugue is a model of control and forethought, with...

CPO
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 05/2019

Review of Alexander Soares: Notations & Sketches

Alexander Soares: Notations & Sketches

Although most of these pieces have been collated on various anthologies of French piano music, few of them can match...

Rubicon
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse in issue: 05/2019

Review of BOULANGER; FAURÉ; MESSIAEN Preludes Vol 3 (Alexandra Dariescu)

BOULANGER; FAURÉ; MESSIAEN Preludes Vol 3 (Alexandra Dariescu)

The UK-based Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu continues her survey of various prelude cycles with Fauré and Messiaen. It commences with...

Champs Hill
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 05/2019

Review of JS BACH Six English Suites (Masaaki Suzuki)

JS BACH Six English Suites (Masaaki Suzuki)

Forkel’s pioneering biography of Bach may mention a suite ‘made for an Englishman of rank’, but that is where the...

BIS
Reviewed by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood in issue: 05/2019

Review of Jayson Gillham: Romantic Bach

Jayson Gillham: Romantic Bach

Jayson Gillham’s is the most enjoyable and worthwhile disc of hyphenated Bach since Hannes Minnaar’s (Cobra, 1/14) and Víkingur Ólafsson’s...

ABC Classics
Reviewed by Jeremy Nicholas in issue: 05/2019

Review of JS BACH Sonatas and Partitas (Kuusisto)

JS BACH Sonatas and Partitas (Kuusisto)

There are interesting aspects to this set, the first to strike me being the resonant acoustic of the Österåker Church...

BIS
Reviewed by Rob Cowan in issue: 05/2019

Review of Themes and Variations (Guy Johnston, Tom Poster)

Themes and Variations (Guy Johnston, Tom Poster)

It takes a particularly selfless kind of cellist to begin a recital with Beethoven’s Bei Männern Variations. Donald Tovey once...

Orchid Classics
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 05/2019

Review of Ascent (Matthew Lipman & Henry Kramer)

Ascent (Matthew Lipman & Henry Kramer)

Another chipping from Shostakovich’s workbench here receives its first recording, in the shape of an Impromptu almost certainly composed for...

Cedille
Reviewed by David Fanning in issue: 05/2019

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