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MOZART & BEETHOVEN PIANO SONATAS
JILL CROSSLAND

These are very fine readings of major classical sonatas, by a British pianist of increasing renown. Prevously issued as Calico CCCR101, this recording attracted much acclaim from critics, and is now available at mid price.

CD DURATION:  76:06

AUDIO SAMPLE: Beethoven Sonata no 31 - 1st movement (extract)  




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CD program:

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN:
Piano Sonata no, 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 ("Tempest")
Piano Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART:
Piano Sonata in F major, K. 533/494

review extracts: for full reviews click here
" [Crossland's] overall approach to these works might be described as 'classically inclined', with clear definition of inner parts and exemplary articulation of melodic lines. Altogether, this is a recital that engages the listener's attention and is played with evident and commendable integrity." - Timothy Ball (Classical Source)

“Elegant, thoughtful, individual without being outré, and exceedingly musical throughout. I enjoyed this disc repeatedly and each time through, found new things to make me go all slack-jawed at their beauty and their rightness. One realizes that Crossland thinks closely about formal architecture in a credible and insightful way. This is a marvellous recital and I cannot recommend it highly enough.” - Scott Morrison (Amazon)

“Direct, pleasingly gracious account of the Mozart. Beethoven performances are ruminative and clearly considered ... I found my attention firmly held by this pianist's musical individuality. [In the Op. 110] h er attention to its structure, notably in the fuga and arioso , is unwavering. Additionally she compels our attention with an iron-clad sense of purpose and dynamically nuanced phrasing until the glorious, sonorous closing bars. Her cognizance of Beethoven's ineffable legacy is moving indeed. her instinctive artistry , warm musicianship, and established appeal to live, listening or viewing audiences appears beyond question, now and in the future.” - Howard Smith (Music and Vision)

“ [Crossland] chooses a modern Steinway for this recording. Still she shows much of the thoughtful concern over details the "learned" school values so highly. I found myself praising the pianist's sincerity and attention to detail." - (American Record Guide)
“A highly individual player, thoughtful yet compelling, she has the gift of spontaneity in the recording studio, to carry the personal insights of her interpretations, as at a live performance. She is very well recorded.” – Ivan March (Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

“The more I listen, the more I like these interpretations.. I like Crossland's sincere lyrical approach and would definitely love to hear this program from her in the concert hall. After a few listenings, I came under the spell. On the whole, this is a consistent and well thought-out recital.” – Oleg Ledeniov (MusicWeb)

“Crossland's clean fingerwork and her ability to play off the exchange of passagework between right and left hands with exceptional clarity serve Mozart well. [In the Tempest Sonata] Crossland may actually closer to the mark in adopting a significantly slower tempo than we've grown accustomed to. [In Sonata No. 31] Crossland delivers some very lyrical expressive playing.” – Jerry Dubins (Fanfare)