Liverpool Daily Post

Last year, the first Manchester International Concerto Competition for young Pianists took place in Chetham’s School and the Cathedral. Twelve were selected under the age of 16, and twelve under 22, and the four finalists played with the Manchester Camerata. The under-22 winner was awarded the opportunity to record a CD, and now Anja German, from Slovenia, can be heard on an album released by Divine Art.

As she is studying in Salzburg, it is not surprising that she chooses a Schubert Sonata, D. 958, and Haydn’s C minor, and the recital is completed by the Chopin Scherzo no. 2. She acquits herself well, although one may not want to lay the disc through in one sitting as both sonatas are in the same key, which can cause aural fatigue. Nonetheless, a promising start to a career, and a release worth supporting.

—Peter Spaull