Rob Challinor

Palmgren: Complete Piano Works Vol. 7 (Grand Piano)

Very attractive music, lots of first recordings and another success in an exciting series [RCh]

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The Degenhof Sessions (Genuin)

A wonderfully entertaining programme with some real treats [RCh}

Popper: Complete Transcriptions for Violoncello and Piano (Paladino Music)

A valuable addition to the Popper discography and a chance to hear a Hubay rarity [RCh]

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Finnish Piano Works (Hänssler Classic)

Richly evocative music that rewards repeated listening [RCh]

Mendelssohn: Fantasies, Caprices, Variations (Dynamic)

Shihyun Lee never misses the mark in this wonderful collection of Mendelssohn’s sometimes overlooked piano works [RCh]

Franck Piano Sonata No1 Lazar Hanssler HC22055

Franck: Piano Works (Hänssler Classic)

Fabulous playing shows off Franck’s early virtuosity while impressing in the familiar late works [RCh]

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Krzyżanowski: Piano Works Vol. 4 (Acte Préalable)

Best yet in the exploratory series of Krzyżanowski’s piano music [RCh]

Mompou: Piano music (Chandos)

Beautifully textured playing in these three atmospheric collections [RCh]

Gnattali: Piano Music (Nimbus Records)

Brazilian music owes a lot to Radamés Gnattali and this is an excellent showcase of his piano music [RCh]

Mayer E: Piano Concerto, overtures (cpo)

Attractive music but only the latermovertures are really outstanding [RCh]

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Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Complete Acoustic & Selected Electric Recordings (APR)

A wonderful completion of APR’s series exploring Backhaus’ exciting early recording career [RCh]

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Ponchielli: Piano Music (Brilliant Classics)

Unknown but attractive salon piano from a composer known for opera [RCh]

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Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum – August 2022 Festival (Danacord)

Another enjoyable portrait of this enduring festival which still piles on the surprises and delights [RCh]

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Farrenc: Complete Piano Works 2 (Grand Piano)

A brilliant follow-up to the Etudes in elegant and winning performances [RCh]

Albeniz Piano Music v9 Naxos 8573927

Albéniz: Piano Music, Vol 9 (Naxos)

An entertaining final volume worth hearing for the very short but unknown berceuse [RCh]

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20th Century Foxtrots (Grand Piano)

Be swept back to the jazz age with the latest in Wallisch’s excellent series [RCh]

Mozart and his Europe (Genuin)

A beautiful tone and natural, unmannered playing and flexibility of phrasing [RCh]

Shura Cherkassky (piano) Complete Recordings (APR)

Astonishing playing from a giant of the piano world [RCh]

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Liszt: Salon and Stage (Prima Facie)

This wonderful recital shows the amazing breadth of Liszt’s response to the composers who wrote for stages both grand and intimate [RCh]

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Chopin: Robert Lortat – Complete recordings (APR)

Muscular and occasionally idiosyncratic playing from the latest discovery in APR’s French Piano School collection [RCh]

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Kristina Marinova (piano) Loves Me Not (Navona)

A low key and reflective recital that mostly satisfies [RCh]

Mozart: Piano Concerti No. 15-17 (Alpha Classics)

Sparkling and exuberant playing makes the most of these three Viennese concerti [RCh]

Liapunov Piano Sonata Delucchi Da Vinci C00712

Liapunov: Piano works (Da Vinci Classics)

This romantic and virtuoso repertoire has been neglected for too long [RCh]

Schumann, Clara Schumann & Brahms: Benjamin Grosvenor (piano) (Decca)

Magnificent playing weaves together the music of this intimately connected trio [RCh]