Global Fascinations and Sophistications
I have got to know Sam Haywood rather well since I first heard him play
for the Chopin Society and talked to him at length after a working day at
the Royal Academy of Music, London. Sam's playing - always supremely
confident and intensely musical - has grown enormously in stature over the
past ten years and apart from recitals and concerts at wide spread venues
and stately homes, he is making a real international career for himself
at a considerable pace.
Self-critical, he selects key works to perform at events, then restructures
his thinking and approach to play them differently next time round. He is
very much the creative artist and loves to involve himself with other performers
to cross-section ideas. Above all, he matches his own charm and daring to
works he programmes - roughly from Bach to the late Romantics, which also
takes into account select 20th century repertoire. Liszt's B minor
Sonata has always been a passionate challenge to his vividness of imagination.
Here on CD is his 1997 account, along with a composer's work which
the Hungarian composer always admired - Schubert - in the first set of Impromptus,
with Liszt's transcriptions of two songs: Auf dem Wasser zu singen
and the haunting Gretchen am Spinnrade.
Copyright © 4 October 2000
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
CD INFORMATION - OXFORD CLASSICS OCCD15
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