Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his grace, eloquence and the ‘understated beauty of his tone’, Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski shot to fame after winning the London International Piano Competition in 2001. A regular concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, he also enjoys a busy international career as a chamber musician, and his solo recordings have received recognition as ‘Editor’s Choice’ and ‘Debut Album’ awards from Gramophone.
With repertoire rich in nods towards a folk hinterland, Trpceski’s programme for this Wigmore Hall Live CD draws strongly on his deep immersion in national traditions of music and dance throughout his childhood. Schubert’s tuneful 16 German Dances pave the way to whatRead more is arguably the composer’s most virtuosic sonata, his ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy. Almost symphonic in scale, Trpceski’s emphatically energetic performance here unleashes an emotional outpouring.
By way of a transcription of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV543, in which the rich sonorities of the organ work are handsomely explored in an arrangement for piano, the second half of the programme focuses on Liszt. Here, Trpceski demonstrates his wide palette of tone colours with subtly sculpted phrases to explore the depths of these masterpieces. Read less
Trpceski fabulous, as usualNovember 12, 2013By Alan L. (Doral, FL)See All My Reviews"While Simon (as always) lives up to my expectations as one of the finest pianists in the world today (and a great interpreter of Schubert: for instance, in the Wanderer Fantasy he adheres strictly to the Schubert's score in eschewing the unnecessary use of the sustain pedal and accomplishing the required sustains entirely through the dexterity of his amazing fingers (which most even very good pianists cannot accomplish)) the album itself suffers from being a live performance recording. Although the London audience is remarkably well mannered (no undue coughs or sneezes, or clapping between movements) it is still a live performance, so you must endure the thunderous applause that follows each opus."Report Abuse