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Exhilarating playing here from pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi

Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann

The Guardian, Stephen Pritchard

Exhilarating playing here from pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi, who champions the work of the 19th-century English virtuoso William Sterndale Bennett, and now tackles his demandingly muscular Sonata in F minor, Op. 13.

The 20-year-old composer gave the piece to Mendelssohn as a wedding gift when he befriended him in Leipzig, where he also became firm friends with Schumann, who dedicated his masterly Symphonic Etudes to Bennett.

It’s also played with great panache on this recording.

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A hugely enjoyable listen, played with infectious authority
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann
Hiroaki Takenouchi does the piece proud
Unwavering conviction and … constantly expressive musicality
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann
Takenouchi handles this with bravura ease and a warm, refined sound
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann
Romantically affluent, poundingly sonorous and rich in pathos
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann
Broad expressive capacity…..superb technical abilities
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann
Rich in tone and possessing an enviably secure technique – 5 Stars
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann
Brilliantly played by Takenouchi
Confidence, conviction and tremendous panache
Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann
His playing is rich, dazzling and intelligently shaped
Movingly Played
He is unfailingly convincing, his playing thoughtful, lyrical and spontaneous
A convincing advocate
Finely played
Gracefully expressive
Takenouchi will go far
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16/07/2020