Simon Trpčeski: Brahms, Ravel & Poulenc — review

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Simon Trpčeski

Brahms, Ravel & Poulenc

(Wigmore Hall Live)

Who could tell this recital was recorded live?

There is not a squeak from the well-behaved Wigmore Hall audience. More to the point, pianist Simon Trpčeski hardly sounds as if he is playing in public.

Brahms’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel are contained, precise, expressive in the detail.

Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales dance with light-footed decorum.

A selection of Novelettes and Improvisations by Poulenc speak softly, as if to the solitary listener at home.

There is no playing to the gallery at all, but Trpčeski’s modest musicianship is worth hearing.

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