A five-star review to end the year

A five-star review to end the year


norman lebrecht

December 29, 2018

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

As a matter of course, I do not listen to new Mozart piano releases. There is such an abundance of unsurpassed recordings on my shelves — Ashkenazy, Brendel, Gilels, Haskil, Kempff, Richter — who could ask for anything more? But I slipped on this latest offering as an early-morning tune-up and, before I knew it, I was in heaven….

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  • Caravaggio says:

    Let us not forget Annie Fischer

  • John Borstlap says:

    Beautiful review…. obviously a great talent. Here is his Mozart D-minor in 2011. 17 years old:


    The orchestra is too ‘thin’ – anxiously playing HIP so that the strings have no body.

    The same concerto in 2018 in Philadelphia:


    Cho is very good but again, the orchestra (under Afkham) too cautious, taking-away the drama of the music.

    Here is Cho with Chopin:


    Remarkable that he keeps the lyricism intact in the virtuosic textures where many pianists just let themselves go in rushing and banging. (And what a stunning piece it is.)

    Cho also does Ravel, and one of the most difficult pieces, understanding how to ‘paint’ fore- and background:


    It is a consolation that in this world, Nature tries again and again.

  • Asus says:

    Spot on, Seong Jin is a rare talent, amazing pianist.