Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times
February 2014

The Polish composer (1882-1937) has always found champions among his compatriots: Artur Rubinstein during his lifetime, Piotr Anderszewski and Rafal Blechacz today. Yet this young Frenchman proves a persuasive advocate for a representative selection of his piano works, from the Romantic, Chopin-inspired Op 4 Etudes (1900-02) to three collections written during the First World War that show the marked influence of late Liszt, Debussy and Ravel, especially the impressionist portraits of Szymanowski's masterpiece, Métopes.