Musical Opinion

Slovenian Anja German, winner of the First Manchester International Concerto Competition fir Young Pianists in 2007 is certainly a keyboard player to watch out for. Thanks to the first rate recording expertise of Jim and Joyce Pattison Anja German’s unique musicianship in three well loved works comes across with all the sense of a newly improvised appreciation of genius. She opens with Haydn’s C Minor Sonata, Hob XVI.20 presented with deceptive naiveté leaning toward the essence of this composer which was to influence the young Beethoven. Humour, yet infected by deep humanity, is underlying the faster movements as a reminder of the innate delight in musical forms and the composer’s undoubted enthusiastic understanding of the steadily improving pianoforte.

Schubert’s Sonata in the same key, D. 958, is equally both attractive and adventurous while Chopin’s third Scherzo is allowed to project the full blooded personality of the unnamed instrument. This is a CD which I shall dip into very regularly and wholeheartedly recommend from the always refreshing Divine Art family.

—Denby Richards