Reviews

International Piano

September 2019

 Phillip Kawin, Gerard Schwarz and the Russian National Orchestra

Phillip Kawin’s performances are always deeply considered: he follows in a lineage from Cortot and was influenced by Dora Zaslavsky Koch, a student of Bauer and Backhaus... 

4MBS Classic FM

February 2013

Colin Noble: Debussy - Arabesques, Estampes and Images

Queenslander Colin Noble studied piano with Isobel Grigor during his school years and then with two legendary pianists; Pamela Page and Larry Sitsky...

Fine Music Magazine

June 2011

Adam Herd: From Shadows: Anatoly Lyadov, Sergei Rachmaninov, Carl Vine, Astor Piazzolla

Music brought into the spotlight by the young Adam Gordon Herd, and coming from Coffs Harbour as he does, where sunshine is a major part of the deal, there is a good deal of wattage condensed into the spotlight he wields...

Fine Music Magazine

November 2012 

Christopher Saunders (tenor), Stefan Cassomenos (piano): Dark Wind Blowing:

Songs of Love and Loss

The commercial success of ‘recital’ discs depends on a number of factors, including the popularity of at least one element...

Fine Music Magazine

April  2011

Jocelyn Ho: Luminous Sounds - Haydn, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Rzewski

Anyone attracted to the repertoire on this CD find it richly rewarding. It contains one of Haydn’s finest Sonatas (once memorably recorded by Glenn Gould), Mendelssohn’s Variations Serieuses, a Chopin Nocturne, two brief pieces by Debussy...

Fanfare Magazine

Phillip Kawin: Franz Schubert 

In the illuminating interview that serves as the program note for this release, Phillip Kawin clearly sets out his musical priorities: structural proportion and “balance between the many diverse elements,” coupled with a rich tone and singing legato...

PIZZICATO Remy Franck’s Journal about Classical Music

March 2015

Marina Yakhlakova: Franz Schubert, F. Schubert / F. Liszt

Sie setzt sich nicht in Szene, sie spielt. Und wie sie spielt, die 1991 geborene Marina Yakhlakova! Den Namen muss man sich merken, dahinter steckt ein echtes Talent, und er steht für reine Musikalität...

Fine Music Magazine

April 2011

Natasha Vlassenko: Piano works on Beethoven and Schubert

 

Although one cannot dismiss any of Beethoven’s music as trivial, the Bagatelles, op 7 fall into the category of ‘trifles’ despite their elegance...

4MBS Classic FM

May 2013

Phillip Shovk: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky The Seasons

 

Phillip Shovk is considered to be one of Australia’s foremost concert pianists, chamber musicians, accompanists, adjudicators and teachers...

Fine Music Magazine

May 2012

Hoang Pham: Live at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Hoang Pham, in his middle twenties, is at that slightly awkward stage in his career when garlanded with a number of honours – best Australian pianist at the Sydney competition, winner of the Lev Vlassenko competition – and with concerts in Europe and America as well as in Australia...

Fine Music Magazine

March 2013

Tomoe Kawabata & Aura Go: Five Rocks in a Japanese Garden

Five Rocks in a metaphorical reference to five Japanese composers, whose activities during the last half century have passed largely unnoticed outside their own country...

Limelight Australia's Classical Music and Arts Magazine

September  2017

Charmian Gadd & Phillip Shovk: Beethoven, Brahms, Fauré

A reliable repertoire graces the new self-titled release from Charmian Gadd and Phillip Shovk. Recorded two years ago at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the album features three sonatas for violin and piano.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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