Gothóni's playing is of an entirely different league and his artistry of a different order. His account of
Kyllikki is commanding, full of character and imagination. Whether in the
Five Pieces, Op. 75, or the finely wrought
Song in the Forest from
Esquisses, Op. 114 Gothóni plays with both authority and sensitivity. While the piano music is, by the exalted standards Sibelius set elsewhere, limited in resource he never – to quote Glenn Gould – "wrote against the grain of the keyboard". Gothóni shapes and colours every phrase with fantasy and without the slightest trace of exaggeration. The Op. 34
Bagatelles are particularly successful and persuasive.
Sensitive SibeliusFebruary 8, 2015By bess holloway (Boulder, CO)See All My Reviews"This recording was my first experience hearing piano music by Sibelius. I was carried away immediately! Ralf Gothoni owns the music it seems to me--he'd have to in order to bring it worth so authentically. I consider the disc a true musical treasure."Report Abuse
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