Album: James Rhodes, Bullets and Lullabies (Warner)
Sunday 16 January 2011
With disarming candour, Rhodes reveals "what it's like to live in my head for 24 hours".
B&L, his double-disc piano recital, is divided into morning and night, with the "Toccata" from Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin a brisk alarm call. Infectious as Rhodes' enthusiasm is, Alkan's hiccuping "Grande Sonate" is especially unflattering. In the end, this pianist is a night-bird, most persuasive in the blue-mauve moods of Rachmaninov, Debussy and Chopin.
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