British/Australian pianist and Steinway Artist, James Brawn, Review—-《The Straits Times, Singapore》


1British pianist James Brawn takes a break from his Beethoven sonata odyssey to bring this recital, a chronological survey of piano music from the Baroque era to the 20th century.

It is filled with short pieces that students typically play in graded examinations and piano competitions.

For concert pianists, these form the bulk of post-recital encores (among them some Horowitz favourites), after-dinner mints which satisfy and delight.

He starts with a pair of Scarlatti Sonatas and a handful of Bach Preludes without the fugues, before proceeding to popular classical-era fare, including Mozart’s Turkish Rondo and Beethoven’s Fur Elise.

The Romantic era figures prominently, with the best tracks being the selections from Chopin Etudes and Rachmaninov Preludes, which are polished and capture the spirit of the times.

The modern age is represented by only two tracks, Prokofiev’s coruscating Toccata and I Got Rhythm from The Gershwin Songbook.

Brawn plays sensitively and with exemplary taste and he is beautifully recorded.

There is nothing to dislike in any of the performances. One wishes all young pianists could follow his example.