Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times
September 2016

The young Russian follows his Hyperion debut recording—Tchaikovsky's set of piano pieces The Seasons—with a generous selection of 24 of Chopin's 59 mazurkas, mostly avoiding the most popular flashy numbers in favour of those that reflect the introverted and wistful aspects of the composer's Polish nationalism. His unfolding of the lovely G minor Op 24, No 1, with its gentle, sighing motifs, is pliantly phrased and delicately shaped, but there is no lack of temperament in his virtuoso dispatch of the big pieces that conclude each set.