Queen’s Hall Edinburgh: Piano recital

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It is a lesson in musicality to hear Roger Woodward play Chopin’s sonatas.  Much of this music becomes a vehicle for empty virtuosity in the hands of many pianists, exaggerated, overprojected and rhetorical.  On Sunday at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, even the finale of the B minor sonata seemed like a poetic vision…..this player is thoughtful, mature, deeply self-critical….. it is pianist’s pianism.

Woodward exhibited an instrumental mastery of virtuosity that took one’s breath away”  Trieste Festival 1990