Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases
Carnaval, Op.9 Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Recorded on 18 & 19 April 2006 in The Maltings, Snape
CD No: WARNER CLASSICS 2564 63427-2 Duration: 62 minutes Reviewed: December 2006
...a sixty-word review by Colin Anderson
Russian pianist and prize-winner Valentina Igoshina (born 1978) makes her Warner Classics debut with two oft-recorded masterpieces. She impresses with her poise, sensitivity and vitality. A lack of fantasy undermines Carnaval despite some eventful playing, but Pictures is dramatic and vivid. Recorded sound is warm (Carnaval a little opaque); throughout, Igoshinas musicianship is notable with much to like and admire.