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Mon 12 Dec, 2016:
Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas; Vers la flamme, Op 72

Peter Donohoe came late to Scriabin, the composer wholly absent from his repertoire during his first 40 years at the piano. This rich, varied and...

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Thu 08 Dec, 2016:
Liszt: Transcendental – Études d'éxécution transcendante, S 139; Two Concert Etudes, S 145; Three Concert Etudes, S 144; Grandes études de Paganini, S 141

This set's title, “Transcendental”, also describes Daniil Trifonov’s technique to a nicety. But rising above pianism of precision and torrential...

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Tue 29 Nov, 2016:
Bartók: Sonata for solo violin; Kurtág: Signs, Games & Messages

György Kurtág (who turned 90 this year) has a knack of compelling the listener even with a rudimentary and repeated phrase and equally of creating...

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Mon 21 Nov, 2016:
Schubert: Impromptus, D 899; Moments musicaux, D 780; Six German Dances, D 820

Now this is what I like to hear: vivid declamation of material that I’ve known and loved for years, but which in the hands of a pianist – no, a...

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Tue 01 Nov, 2016:
Chopin: 24 Mazurkas

Andrew Achenbach enthusiastically greeted Pavel Kolesnikov’s playing of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons (reviewed 23 January 2015). The 26-year-old's...

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Fri 14 Oct, 2016:
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Mahan Esfahani brings a freshness and vitality to the oft-recorded Goldberg Variations that surprise and delight in equal measure. On a modern,...

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Tue 27 Sep, 2016:
Anoushka Shankar: Land of Gold

Evidence of Anoushka Shankar’s ambition to make her music relevant (as much as to bring the sitar into the mainstream) comes in the form of this...

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Mon 05 Sep, 2016:
Liszt: Transcendental Etudes, S 139

“Pathetically misunderstood” was Clifford Curzon’s verdict on Liszt. Kirill Gerstein has no misconceptions of the genius behind these Etudes,...

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Wed 17 Aug, 2016:
Poulenc: Works for piano solo and piano duo

Poulenc’s talents as pianist and composer combined to create an oeuvre of distinction, within which discrete miniatures feature prominently. Many...

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Mon 15 Aug, 2016:
Schubert: Four Impromptus, D 899; O’Connor: Self portrait; Schlepper-Connolly: Was du mir warst; Sholdice: The dreams flow down, too

Here’s something intriguing, poetically intense and altogether involving as Belfast pianist Michael McHale’s juxtaposes Schubert’s four late...

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Thu 11 Aug, 2016:
Satie: Piano Works

Russian-German pianist Olga Scheps marks the 150th anniversary of Erik Satie’s birth with a programme that mixes perennial favourites like the Six...

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Wed 10 Aug, 2016:
The Soldier's Return: Guitar works inspired by Scotland

For this recital of works by guitar composers of the early 19th century (Sor, Guiliani, Mertz and Legnani) James Akers plays period 'Romantic' guitars...

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Fri 29 Jul, 2016:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 29 in B flat major, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Right from the off you sense that this 1976 Hammerklavier (originally made for Eurodisc) is going to cast its 2013 Salzburg successor (DG) well and...

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