A New York Times 25 Best Classical Track Selection for 2019 A WQXR-FM Best Classical Recording of 2019
Rising pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason illuminates the world of her musical heroine, Clara Schumann, in her 200th anniversary year.
Big sister to superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 22-year-old Isata is a postgraduate student at The Royal Academy of Music, where 4 of the Kanneh-Mason siblings are currently studying! As an undergraduate, she held the prestigious Elton John Scholarship, performing with Sir Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013. Isata reached the final of the Piano Category in the 2014 BBC Young MusicianRead more competition, and has gone on to develop a substantial live career a solo artist, with concerto appearances, recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and internationally. When not performing in her own right, Isata makes up a third of The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio with her brothers Sheku and Braimah.
This disc ranks among the most charming, engaging debuts I can recall. She brings weight and emotional heft to the uneven Concerto that are entirely convincing, and is well matched in the exuberant finale by Holly Mathieson and the RLPO. Her performances of the two song transcriptions show what a gifted musician Kanneh-Mason is.
Her innate sense of shape and line are apparent again in the Piano Sonata in G minor. Kanneh-Mason invests its singing opening with an almost reverential delicacy, interrupted with restless bursts of youthful energy.
– Observer (UK)
Clara Schumann’s 200th birthday this year attracted a baffling lack of attention, but at least it gave us a bold debut recording from a young pianist worth watching. Ms. Kanneh-Mason’s account of Schumann’s Piano Concerto is more than convincing, but her performances of the solo piano works, especially the magical Scherzo, are even better.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 7by Clara Wieck Schumann Performer:
Isata Kanneh-Mason (Piano)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1833-1835; Germany