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Jill Crossland plays
Mozart and Beethoven -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... a distinctive, beautifully considered performance.'

Jill Crossland plays Mozart and Beethoven. © 2010 Divine Art Ltd

Yorkshire-born pianist Jill Crossland studied with Ryszard Bakst (a Heinrich Neuhaus pupil) at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music and with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna.

In 2004 she performed her Wigmore Hall solo debut, and in January 2006 she gave the John Ogdon memorial recital (also celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday) before ending that year with a debut recital at the Vienna Musikverein.

Last year (2010), in a break from busy Europe-wide engagements, Crossland completed an extensive tour of England with a Dublin concert thrown in.

This excellent 'classical' recital is marred somewhat by the 'tubby' piano sound in Divine Art recording engineer Jonathan Haskell's work, especially as it detracts from Crossland's direct, pleasingly gracious account of the Mozart F major Sonata, K533/494, especially in the opening Allegro.

This sonata was written in two parts -- thus, the two Köchel numbers...

Copyright © 12 February 2011 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: JILL CROSSLAND - MOZART AND BEETHOVEN

DIVINE ART LTD

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

PIANO

UNITED KINGDOM

AUSTRIA

GERMANY

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