A piano recital by Emmanuel Despax,
heard by MIKE WHEELER
It would be too easy to fall back on clichés like 'Gallic clarity and elegance' to describe French pianist Emmanuel Despax's recital, but those qualities helped make this one of the most impressive contributions to the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall's Sunday morning piano series in its five-year history (Nottingham, UK, 21 February 2016).
His lucid, informative spoken introductions were models of their kind, and all of a piece with his playing. In Haydn's Sonata No 47 (Hoboken XVI 32) his clean articulation nicely pointed up the first movement's baroque roots, and found just the right level of wistfulness in the second movement...
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