James Brawn in Recital – review

James Brawn (piano)
(MSR Classics)

You can be forgiven for never having heard of James Brawn: he's only been recording for the past 18 months and does not enjoy a major concert career – yet. A prodigy in New Zealand and Australia, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, which led to prizes and teaching posts back in Oz. Now he has returned to England and embarked on a four-volume Beethoven sonata series which is beginning to attract attention. In this recital, his melting sensitivity in Liszt's Consolation No 3 compares with the heft he brings to Rachmaninoff's Prelude in B minor No 10 and to Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. It's impressive. He's definitely one to watch.


Stephen Pritchard

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