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An Impressive Debut Recording
Fauré, Poulenc, Messiaen: Preludes & Nocturnes – Tal Walker, Piano
A keen advocate and performer of French piano music, the young Israeli-Belgium pianist Tal Walker explores three masters of French pianism in his debut disc, Fauré, Poulenc, and Messiaen. “The idea of miniatures (Preludes and Nocturnes) written by French composers
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Sophie Webber’s Roots: Transcriptions of Romantic Works for Cello and Piano
“A must for every lover of the romantic cello” British Cellist Dr. Sophie Webber is not only an internationally accomplished soloist, chamber musician, and educator, she is an artist who believes in the healing power of music. She creates innovative
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Yunchan Lim’s Hong Kong Debut – Imaginative Playing with Volcanic Passion
The youngest winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition ever, South Korean pianist Yunchan Lim, at the mere age of 18, has rocketed to worldwide prominence after his impressive performance in the competition. His performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto
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Keeping in Time and Space
Maya Magub’s Canon Collaborations
The lockdown and isolation caused by COVID have proved to be inspirational to musicians. We’ve all seen zoom concerts, zoom recitals, and even a Zoom Opera (Michael Ching’s Zoom Speed Dating). British violinist Maya Magub, living in Los Angeles, has
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Christopher Jessup – EP review
This new release, a 6-track EP from New York-based pianist Christopher Jessup (b.1998), is a kind of musical ‘amuse bouche’ in that it offers a taster of the breadth of Jessup’s repertoire coupled with his excellent, refined playing. It’s an
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From Afar – Vikingur Ólafsson
It seems that whenever Icelandic pianist Vikingur Ólafsson touches a piano, beautiful sounds flow from the instrument – whether it’s Bach, Rameau, Debussy or Philip Glass. His latest release on the DG label, From Afar, is no exception, with the
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The Ghost Variations
A Novel by Damian Lanigan
Declan Byrnie, child prodigy, and world-class concert pianist has enjoyed a glittering career from a young age, touring the world’s best concert halls and producing acclaimed recordings. Ten years into his career his wife dies in a terrible accident, and
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Schubert in the Hands of Liszt
Tamayo Ikeda’s New Recording
One of the favourite activities of the 19th century was creating piano versions of works from other genres: symphonies reduced to the piano for two or four hands, favourite arias from favourite operas made into variation forms, songs with the
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