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... 

Fanfare Magazine

Phillip Kawin, Gerard Schwarz and the Russian National Orchestra

Approximately three minutes into the Allegro con brio, pianist Phillip Kawin commences his graceful and generous performance of Beethoven’s third piano concerto. With minimal melodrama and more playfulness and joy, the piece is highly colorful and emotive—the flutes, woodwinds, and French horns seem to hover somewhere near the ceiling, circling the orchestra...

Fanfare Magazine

Phillip Kawin, Gerard Schwarz and the Russian National Orchestra

My last review of Phillip Kawin’s work (40:3) praised Kawin’s “subtlety, maturity, individuality, and musicality.” I have much the same reaction to his playing of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. He makes one tasteful, sensitive choice after another throughout his performance of the piece...

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Fanfare Magazine

Phillip Kawin, Gerard Schwarz and the Russian National Orchestra

A new video release on the Master Performers label features a rendition of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, recorded in January of 2018 at Moscow’s Rachmaninov Concert Hall...

Phillip Kawin Gerard Schwarz RNO

Fanfare Magazine

Phillip Kawin, Gerard Schwarz and the Russian National Orchestra

Sometimes I regret that I don’t know everything. Oh, I’ve claimed that I do often enough; but usually the person I am talking to suddenly walks quickly across the street and pretends to be intensely studying the manure display in the window of the farm supplies store...

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...

Adam Herd

Limelight Australia's Classical Music and Arts Magazine January 2011

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

Adam Herd may be sporty, but he’s also a superb pianist, as his debut release proves.

Adam Herd is a young prize-winning pianist from Coffs Harbour...

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...

Fanfare Magazine

Phillip Kawin: Franz Schubert

Every English-speaking person can recite Shakespeare’s “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer …” but only a handful are able to make the words do what they are supposed to do. So it is that thousands of pianists can play all the right notes in the most formidable works of Liszt and Chopin...

Fanfare Magazine

Phillip Kawin: Franz Schubert

We’re accustomed as reviewers to mention when a set of program notes is insightful or well written. Both are true for the notes to this Schubert album from Phillip Kawin, an admired faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, a Schubert specialist as a performer, and an in-demand lecturer...

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...

Classical Net – the Internet's Premier Classical Music Source - 2014

Marina Yakhlakova: Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata, in A minor, D. 845; Franz Liszt: 8 Schubert Lieder Transcriptions

Moscow-based Marina Yakhlakova (b. 1991) captured first prize at the 2011 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition. Her teachers include Natalia Zdobnova at the Gnessin School of Music and Alexander Strukov at the Moscow State Conservatory...

Fine Music Magazine - September 2014

Marina Yakhlakova: Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata, in A minor, D. 845; Franz Liszt: 8 Schubert Lieder Transcriptions

Do you know Daniil Trifonov? A question I soon find out Marina Yakhlakova is plagued with when travelling the globe, but does not seem to mind. “Yes, of course”, replies the first prizewinner of the most recent Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Weimar/Bayreuth...

L’art de la transcription par Marina Yakhlakova Le 30 décembre 2014 par Ayrton Desimpelaere

Marina Yakhlakova: Franz Schubert (1797-1828) : Sonate pour piano en la mineur, D.845 – Huit transcriptions de lied pour piano (Schubert/Liszt)

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C’est à travers Schubert et sous la forme d’un DVD que l’on découvre la jeune pianiste russe, Marina Yakhlakova. L’artiste de 23 ans explore deux répertoires distincts : la sonate et la transcription...

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.

The Australian

February 2016

Lyrebird Trio: Beethoven, Westlake, Smetana

This debut recording by the Lyrebird Trio is a cause for celebration beyond its trifecta wins at the quadrennial Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition in 2013. Part of that award was a season at the renowned Banff Centre in Canada.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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