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Crouching pianist, hidden baritone: superb Simone Piazzola caught in Liszt ambush

Rosenblatt Recital: Simone Piazzola *** Wigmore Hall, 1st November 2016 Time honoured tradition has it that the pianist in a song recital plays the supporting role, hence the slightly derogatory term “accompanist”. Someone forgot to share that script with Giuseppe … Continue reading

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Wigmore Hall englouti: exquisite aquatic recital from Philippe Cassard

“Perspectives Debussy”: Philippe Cassard ***** Wigmore Hall, 29th October 2016 “Wigmore Hall is flooded now!” confessed Philippe Cassard. It was Claude Debussy who left the tap running, with every form of precipitation – rain, snow, fog – pouring from the … Continue reading

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Lisztian tempests: Marc-André Hamelin at Wigmore Hall

Liszt, Feinberg, Lyapunov: Marc-André Hamelin *** Wigmore Hall, 19th June 2016 One of music’s first “rock stars”, Franz Liszt created the piano recital: performing without a score, turning the piano sideways – so audiences could admire his profile – striding … Continue reading

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Fifty shades of Debussy: Philippe Cassard’s masterclass in colour and rhythm

Debussy: Philippe Cassard ***** Wigmore Hall, 27th December 2015 “I love pictures almost as much as music,” Claude Debussy remarked to Edgard Varèse in 1911. Seascapes, Spanish fiestas, watery reflections and mists can all be found in his music. In … Continue reading

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Repressed passions, Russian melancholy: Elīna Garanča makes a splendid Wigmore Hall debut

Brahms, Duparc, Rachmaninov: Elīna Garanča **** Wigmore Hall, 11th December 2015 Poise, control, stillness. Within two minutes of her Wigmore Hall debut, the qualities that make Elīna Garanča a consummate Lieder recitalist were evident. The Latvian mezzo is no scenery-chewing … Continue reading

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