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Track(s) taken from CDA67377

48 Esquisses, Op 63

completed in 1861

Steven Osborne (piano)
Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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Recording details: July 2002
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: March 2003
Total duration: 74 minutes 30 seconds


'A sensitivity, radiance and finesse rarely encountered from even the finest pianists … An invaluable disc' (Gramophone)

'These miniatures call for a pianist of great sensitivity, character and receptiveness to the music’s diverse, perfectly crystallised moods … Osborne is just the man … This is a revelatory disc, and one to cherish' (The Daily Telegraph)

'A major keyboard musician … the music rather than his ego comes first' (The Times)

'Osborne’s playing is breathtaking' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Osborne fulfils his task brilliantly on what will be one of the CD’s of the year' (Liverpool Daily Post)

'This music needs a performer full of freedom, imagination and with great fingers, all of which describes Osborne … I knew that Osborne’s latest offering would be outstanding' (Pianist)

'Having introduced these Esquisses to us, Osborne deserves our gratitude … While they still hold material that will test the pianist, they are often sublime, requiring a performer of the utmost sensitivity, and in Osborne they find the perfect exponent' (Hi-Fi Plus)

'Osborne has a delightfully varied touch that brings out the character, wit and invention of these often exquisite and tantalisingly short and familiar pieces' (The Inverness Courier)

'Un ‘must’ qui complète parfaitement le riche catalogue Hyperion consacré à ce compositeur' (Répertoire, France)

'Le jeune Britannique s’en tire avec les honneurs, par une inventivité sonore de tous les instants et une musicalité attentive aux humeurs suggérées par l’harmonie, et surtout grâce à une technique brillante, qui reste le meilleur moyen de mettre en valeur la variété des formulas d’Alkan' (Diapason, France)

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