Instrumental

A trilogy of triumph from pianist Francesco Piemontesi

‘Piemontesi’s instinctive good taste means he never indulges in histrionics’

Igor Levit brings a physical vigour to Beethoven’s piano sonatas

‘Where savagery is required, Levit provides it in spades: the first movement of the Hammerklavier is a glittering creation purveying a properly visceral excitement’

Schumann’s multi-faceted work is painted with new colours

‘Tong’s playing reveals Schumann as a thrilling new love rather than a familiar old friend’

Mahan Esfahani celebrates the quirky flamboyance of Bach’s toccatas

‘Under Mahan Esfahani’s fleet fingers, and even fleeter imagination, the toccatas positively fly’

Elizabeth Kenny deftly interweaves old and new theorbo works

‘Kenny’s performances are technically assured in the trickiest variations, and always with a sense of spontaneous re-creation’

Christophe Rousset takes Frescobaldi in his stride

'The late 16th-century harpsichord honours Frescobaldi’s sound'

Striking period-instrument brings new light to Schubert’s piano sonatas

'Authentic performances of Schubert's piano sonatas performed on an 1820s pianoforte'

Beethoven piano sonatas delivered with authority and surprise

‘Rarely is pianistic virtuosity put to the service of such refined artistry’ 

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