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His playing is rich, dazzling and intelligently shaped

Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann

Sunday Times, Stephen Pettitt
Sterndale Bennett and Schumann – Hiroaki Takenouchi

The English composer and Schumann became firm friends soon after the former’s arrival in Leipzig in 1836, leading Schumann to dedicate his Symphonic Etudes to him the following year. Ample excuse for Takenouchi to record this initial version alongside Bennett’s expansive Sonata, Op 13.

His playing is rich, dazzling and intelligently shaped, while Bennett’s work stands up well to the exalted company.

Hiroaki Takenouchi Sunday Times
 

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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
Exhilarating playing here from pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi
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
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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05/07/2020