Magazine article Gramophone

'Light and Shadows'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Light and Shadows'

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'Light and Shadows'

Beethoven Piano Sonata No 15, 'Pastoral', Op 28 Chopin Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35

Janacek Christ the Lord Is born

Schumann Waldszenen, Op 82

Tom Poster pf

Edition (F) EDN1060 (73' * DDD)

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Entitled 'Light and Shadows', Tom Poster's thoughtful recital is arguably more shadows than light. As his own accompanying note explains, the funereal tread of the Andante from Beethoven's Pastoral Sonata is 'melancholic' in contrast to the 'tragic' tread of Chopin's Funeral March. Yet if this most elusive of Beethoven sonatas is outwardly amiable, drama and volatility are never far below the surface. Poster takes a moderato view of the opening Allegro and compared to, say, Kempff's magical insouciance, is 'almost too serious', lacking that artist's inimitable chiaroscuro, his play of light and shade. In the finale (which Liszt remembered in the 'Pastorale' from his 'Swiss' Annee de pelerinage) he is again overly restrained, though suitably breaks out into the light in the whirl-away finish. …

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