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Record Review Simon Callaghan

BBC Radio 3 Record Review, Andrew McGregor

On Saturday 2nd December’s episode of BBC Radio 3 Record Review, Andrew McGregor featured Simon Callaghan’s Hyperion release.  If you would like to hear the excerpt of Coke’s Piano Concerto no. 3, and McGregor’s response to the recording, please follow this link. It will be available for 30 days from the date of the original broadcast, and can be heard from about 1 hr 39 mins.

“I have nothing but praise for the performances”
“His impressive pianism is wholeheartedly supported by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.”

Listen again to this episode of Radio 3 Record Review – please start at about 1 hour 39 minutes 
Hyperion – The Romantic Piano Concerto – Coke CDA68173

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Deep-rooted conviction
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Passion, total commitment …heartfelt affection
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Unquestionably deserves to be explored and celebrated
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A commendable revival of works dug out of the archives by the pianist himself
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A display of exemplary musicianship
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This release has been an exciting discovery
Commanding and virtuosic musicianship
Finely played, full of brilliance and virtuosity
Callaghan's spirited and skilful playing is impressive
An eloquent advocate
A new figure and force
Simon Callaghan proves the ideal partner, subtly weighting and detailing the music’s shifting harmonic and textural profiles
You will not be disappointed
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13/07/2020