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Beethoven: Czerny: Liszt: 'Master Pupil'

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: Czerny: Liszt: 'Master Pupil'

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Beethoven * Czerny * Liszt

'Masters Pupil'

Beethoven Piano Sonata No 30, Op 109.

Six Bagatelles, Op 126 Czerny Marcia funebre sulla morte di Luigi van Beethoven, Op 146.

Variations on a Theme by Rode, Op 33

Liszt Piano Sonata, S178

Melvyn Tan pf

Onyx (F) ONYX4156 (80' * DDD)

Back when the stampede was on and all the original-instrument orchestras were eager to record fortepiano concertos prior to the moment when it seemed market interest was about to peak, Melvyn Tan was the man of the hour. Singapore-born, a pupil of the Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music, he had experience on the modern instrument, harpsichord and fortepiano. He recorded Beethoven and Weber with Norrington and Mozart with McGegan. In recent years, however, as Tan has tended to return to the modern piano, it has not always been clear what he brings back to the exercise from the HIP experience. This well-recorded though distantly miked new Onyx released is a case in point.

Tan wreathes the last set of Beethoven Bagatelles in a lovely sound though, musically speaking, they are self-effacing to the point of impersonality. …

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