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Jonathan Plowright Brahms Vol.2
 BIS-2117




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Brahms Solo Piano Vol.2

Sonata No.2 in F# minor Op.2
Variations on an original theme Op.21 No.1
Three Intermezzi Op.117
Scherzo in Eb minor Op.4

INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
CD-TIPP
NDR-RADIO BREMEN

RELEASED NOVEMBER 2014 (UK)

"Plowright has the fiery technique, liquid lyricism and finely mixed palette of tonal colouring to reveal the range of Brahms's music...as inventive and luminous as Plowright's pianism itself"4*  
DAILY TELEGRAPH


"...behold the most incisive, dramatic, and multi-dimensional account of the composer’s Piano Sonata No. 2 on disc since Katchen and Arrau!..Even in a catalog packed to the rafters with great Brahms piano recordings, this stunning release should not be missed." 10/10
CLASSICSTODAY

"Der Brite hat die für Brahms nötige belastbare Technik und ein Forte mit Substanz, doch er kann eben auch ganz anders.  Ich kenne kaum einen anderen Pianisten, der so leise und doch so kontrolliert und durchhörbar spielt wie Jonathan Plowright. Für Brahms und seine abrupten Stimmungswechsel sind das ideale Voraussetzungen. Im Scherzo der fis-moll-Sonate ist das gut zu hören – da klingt Plowrights Klavier mal wie ein Orchester, dann wieder ganz zart und filigran."
NDR RADIO BREMEN


"Natürlich verfügt Jonathan Plowright über das technische Handwerk, um Brahms’ pianistischen Ansprüchen auch in kniffligere, virtuosere Regionen zu folgen. Das heisst, er kann energisch zulangen, wo es gefordert ist, denken wir an das rhythmisch geprägte es-Moll-Scherzo op. 4 .... oder die vom Sturm & Drang-Impetus geprägten Ecksätze der 2. Klaviersonate fis-Moll op. 2. Plowright mag sich heftig gebärden, aber er lärmt nicht – Fortissimo-Passagen sind Entladungen und nicht Effekthaschereien.
KLASSIK HEUTE

"Jonathan Plowright est un des grands Brahmsiens dans la lignée de Katchen, la référence, ce qui n’est pas peu dire.....Plowright a la patte pour jouer Brahms, dans la délicatesse des passages ténus, la subtilité des variations, la puissance, sans trop la forcer, des sauts d’octaves… l’expression juste quoi" 
TED Magazine
, Canada

   


                           

Romantic Piano Concerto
Hyperion CD67958

Zelenski & Zarzycki  Piano Concertos

DISCOVERY OF THE MONTH 
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

RELEASED APRIL 2013

"Zelenski's lyrically emotional concerto shows the influence of Tchaikovsky, Franck and Grieg and offers Plowright plenty of opportunities to display his formidable talent
THE OBSERVER

"Two big, sweeping Romantic piano concertos by almost-unknown Polish composers turn out to be buried treasure
SINFINIMUSIC.COM

"Arrestingly heroic, lushly poetic and very likeable: Chopin meets Rachmaninov. It requires the pianist to do technical cartwheels, which Jonathan Plowright achieves admirably, romancing as required … The performances, recording and presentation are all superb'   
INTERNATIONAL PIANO

"Most impressive though is the understated yet eloquent advocacy of Plowright, who brings much effervescence and charm to the proceedings."
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"

"this is a very attractive work, and one of the better offerings I've heard lately in this revered series from Hyperion..Jonathan Plowright, who has lent his pianist talents to other volumes in this series, is an exuberant soloist. He seems very much to believe in this music and plays it with sensitivity and verve."
AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

"who better to do the business than that alchemist amongst keyboard players, Jonathan Plowright"  
GRAMOPHONE

"He is a virtuoso, but doesn't push it in one's face; this is sensitive playing"
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

 



                           

Jonathan Plowright plays Brahms
BIS CD2047

Brahms Solo Piano Vol.1 

Sonata No.3 in F minor Op.5
Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel Op.24

CHOICE  GRAMOPHONE
OUTSTANDING  INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
EDITOR'S CHOICE ABC LIMELIGHT
5* Notable New Release  ALLMUSIC.COM
5 de DIAPASON  DIAPASON
5* Review 
SINFINIMUSIC.COM
5* Review 
PIZZICATO
CD-TIPP
  NDR-RADIO BREMEN

RELEASED FEBRUARY 2013(UK)

Listen to extracts -

Brahms Sonata No.3 in F minor Op. 5  III. Scherzo
Brahms Sonata No.3 in F minor Op. 5  V  Finale

"His warmth and sincerity combine with a superbly assured and powerful technique to create one of the finest performances on record (even when compared with the likes of Curzon and Lupu")
GRAMOPHONE

"his control of dynamics is exquisite, especially in the many shades of piano and pianissimo" 
CD REVIEW: BBC RADIO 3

"Jonathan Plowright’s brilliant new release on BIS is certainly one of the best recordings of the Sonata to date….an extraordinarily powerful interpretation…. clarity prevails everywhere and in lyrical sections, assumes a limpid fluency of melting beauty… phrasing is exquisitely shaped…Plowright seems to have a dozen pianissimo dynamics at his disposal, each more quiet and still than the other… The wonderful performance of the Handel Variations that rounds out the disc is a deeply considered interpretation… I would urge you not to miss it."
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

"Like Julius Katchen in his classic Brahms recordings for Decca of the 1960s, Plowright fearlessly probes the music’s restless mood swings from heroic outbursts of arresting power to passages of sublime poetic contentment, while never losing sight of its inexorable symphonic sweep.......he magically sustains a singing, golden sonority throughout even the most tempestuous of fortissimo outbursts, and in the long Andante second movement, in which his exemplary command of the music’s dramatic pacing feels entirely natural and inevitable"  
SINFINIMUSIC.COM

"Jonathan Plowright's performance has a tremendous warmth...His handling of the layering of musical strands is magnificent, and above all it is the strength of his underlying emotional conviction that makes this such an admirable recording... Plowright differentiates the characters of the Variations with a brilliance of touch and beauty of tone." 
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

"The fine singing tone and beautiful chordal playing that are his trademarks can be heard on this disc, finely projected in a superlative recording...his is piano playing that very few British pianists can match today" 
PIANIST MAGAZINE

"a carefully considered, yet intensely dramatised reading more tempestuous in approach than, say, Radu Lupu’s, but in its own way equally thoughtful…  Plowright has a commanding technique and can bring enormous weight to bear on the keyboard when required, but he can also pull right back – as he does, for example, to realise the beautiful second subject of the first movement….  The Handel Variations are equally distinguished by perfectly executed Baroque articulations (at times taken at considerable lick)….. Please BIS can we have some more?” 
ABC LIMELIGHT

"Jonathan Plowright is more than just the next 'new thing' to arrive on the piano scene...If Brahms ever wrote a symphony for the piano then the Sonata No.3 Op.5 is very much this piece, and Plowright's range of expression, his daring periods of absolute repose, extended passages of development and extremes of contrast deliver this impression as few other performances I have encountered....the sheer heft of a grand musical tradition carrying the music beyond pianism to something which engages the imagination on multiple levels...achieving a satisfying synthesis of other worldly transcendence and delicious harmonic thrills....the fireworks with which the piece ends are indeed spectacular. 
I was beginning to wonder if now mght be the time to throw in the towel and do something other than this reviewing lark.  Jonathan Plowright's performances soon made me into a believer again, and I suggest he might be able to do the same for you."

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"Jonathan Plowright is a pianist who always excites.....gripping us from the start with its opening declamatory descending octaves and holding us spellbound through to the ecstatic close......a dazzling showcase for his superb talent."  
THE OBSERVER

"an impressive sense of direction and charge of energy, qualities which not every pianist captures. His Handel Variations are barn-storming, too, and the piano sound is satisfyingly meaty." 
KLASSISK MUSIKKMAGASIN

"He never lets any detail fall out of place, and he is alert to the ways in which central European dance music, the warmth, life-affirming counterpart to Brahms' intellect, is never far from even the most intricate phrases.  A superior Brahms recital."
ALLMUSIC.COM

"This Brit is my sort of pianist. His spirituality, intellect and concentration coalesce to produce the finest version of Brahms’s sonata I have heard. If he can inject such spiritual introspection into the long second movement, imagine him playing the poignant adagio of Schubert’s final B flat Sonata....." 
NEW ZEALAND LISTENER

"…aber was bei Plowright besonders positive auffält, ist die Klangtiefe und das Klangvolumen….  wo er genau dem Duktus der Musik folgt und zwischen Draufgängertum und Ruhemomenten die ganze Bandbreite der Ausdruckswelt des jungen Brahms erfasst.  Die Händel-Variationen sind ein ebenso überzeugendes Beispiel für  Plowrights Können:  Zum einen in der wirklich barocken Spielweise des Themas wie dem Verständnis für die hochromantische Verarbeitung von Brahms.  Ausgeglichen, mit aller Präzision und auch mit einer auffällig eigenen und persönlichen Agogik weiß der Brite hier genauso bestechend zu überzeugen wie schon in der Sonate." 
PIANO NEWS

"Als Höhepunkt der Brahmsschen Variationskunst sind die Händel-Variationen ein Stück, in dem jeder gute Pianist sein Talent, die Musik in ihrer Abstraktheit mit Farben und Stimmungen ausdrucksvoll werden zu lassen, voll ausspielen kann. Plowright tut es mit unendlich viel Phantasie und Poesie. Die Schlussfolgerung liegt auf der Hand: Dies ist eine hochkarätige Brahms-CD und man wünscht sich, dass BIS und Plowright mehr davon produzieren"   
PIZZICATO

"Unter diesem Gesichtspunkt trifft Jonathan Plowright genau diesen typischen Brahms-Klang oder -Tonfall; eine große Farbpalette präsentierend beweist der Brite ein feines Gespür für das Orchestrale, glasklar und detailgenau artikulierend sowie rhythmisch präzise beleuchtet er die Architektur des jeweiligen Werks auf überzeugende Weise und hält das poetische, dramatische und virtuose Moment tatsächlich im Gleichgewicht."
KLASSIK HEUTE

"Plowright und Brahms – das ist ein britisch-deutsches Dreamteam!"    
NDR-RADIO BREMEN



                           

Jonathan Plowright and Szymanowski Quartet
Hyperion CD67905

 
Zarebski/Zalenski   Piano Quintet / Quartet 

Piano Quartet in C minor Op.61    Wladyslaw Zelenski
Piano Quintet in G minor Op.34     Juliusz Zarebski

CHAMBER CHOICE OF THE MONTH  BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
CHOICE  INTERNATIONAL PIANO MAGAZINE

RELEASED DECEMBER 2012

"Virtuosity is caught in a performance of passionate warmth"
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

"playing of authority and great beauty"  
THE STRAD

"inspired repertoire choice and committed, musicianly performances makes this disc a winner"  
INTERNATIONAL PIANO

"Plowright, admired by Musical Pointers but very rarely heard in London, is one of our favourite pianists and at his peak in these affectionate performances."
MUSICAL POINTERS

"Fluently lyrical late-romantic delights irresistibly presented in every way" 
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"The two works are beautifully played by the members of the Szymanowski Quartet, with pianist Jonathan Plowright giving a great performance."  
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"the pianism of Polish specialist Jonathan Plowright has an eloquence and poise which meshes with the strings in a masterclass of responsive ensemble playing"  INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

"It's a tribute to Jonathan Plowright that his performance on this recording with the Szymanowski Quartet, doesn't pale in comparison to Argerich's"
THE GUARDIAN

“performances by Jonathan Plowright and the Szymanowski Quartet are beautifully judged in lyricism and propulsion, and exploit a gorgeous variety of textures” 
THE IRISH TIMES

"The performance marries Jonathan Plowright’s total keyboard command, executed with steely grace and a warmth of tone that shines with silver and gold, to the Szymanowski Quartet’s equally sumptuous mastery of tone and elegance of phrasing"
AUDIOPHILE AUDITION / HUFFINGTON POST

"playing by the Szymanowski Quartet and the witty, supportive, but when required, brilliant pianism of Jonathan Plowright, is superb and captured in very rich sound.    A CD no one who loves chamber music will want to be without."  10/10
CLASSICS TODAY.COM

"Dieser Schwanengesang Zarebskis wurde jetzt new eingespielt vom Szymanowski Quartet, gemeinsam mit dem vortrefflichen britischen Pianisten Jonathan Plowright. Die Interpreten bieten eine zwar gefühlsreiche, aber nie sentimental verschleppte Wiedergabe, mit vorzüglich artikulierten harmonischen Subtilitäten, während andererseits auch das stürmische Temperament des Komponisten gehörig ausgekostet wird. Jonathan Plowright gestaltet den Klavierpart nahezu durchweg brilliant, aber kontrolliert, so dass er die Streicher nicht zudeckt"  
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

"These pitch perfect performances should go a long way to rehabilitating some fine music." 
ABC LIMELIGHT




HyperionCDA67903

Homage to Paderewski 

CD OF THE WEEK  DAILY TELEGRAPH
5 de DIAPASON  DIAPASON
RECORDING OF THE MONTH
  MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"Plowright's playing throughout is sublime" 5*  
DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Jonathan Plowright’s newest CD should be a must in the music collection of every Polish music lover"   
RUCH MUZYCZNY    (to read this article in English click here)


"Plowright donne à entendre comme à son habitude un jeu lumineux, puissant, déclamatoire, et formidablement virtuose." 
DIAPASON

"superb command of texture and colour”
   
 
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

"performances of superlative technique and musicianship...pianism and sheer musical quality of this order are rare" 
GRAMOPHONE

"The Paderewski album contains great variety, power, rhythmic vitality and charm. It’s been brilliantly brought to life by Plowright who, I have always found, is a natural studio performer, one who can transcend the supposed limitations of such an undertaking to bring a richly communicative spirit to bear. Of his technical command, we hardly need comment; he’s terrific. The recorded sound is also first class - natural, warm, without flaw. An outstanding disc then."  
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"Plowright's enthusiasm, natural musicality, and idiomatic ease with such a wide range of styles makes you forget about his effortless, flexible technical mastery and range of nuance and tone color."
CLASSICSTODAY.COM

"The excellent british pianist Jonathan Plowright presents this diverse compendium with great aplomb, tempering his style to suit the disparate gear changes required to travel from one composer’s style to another. His formidable technique is unquestionable, while his subtle mood painting lends interest to even the lesser works on offer."  
ABC LIMELIGHT

"with Jonathan Plowright's sumptuous range of colours and dynamic control much in evidence” 
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

"This sublime CD would be a welcome addition to any collection." CONCERTONET.COM

"spectacular tribute" 
AUDIOPHILE AUDITION  




HyperionCDA67767


 

Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Transcriptions 

GRAMOPHONE RECOMMENDED

NPR Best JS Bach Release of 2010

DIAPASON découverte

"it is the outstanding performances by the Yorkshire-born pianist Jonathan Plowright, on whom critics these days seem to lavish nothing but superlatives, that make this a very noteworthy release indeed......all are approached with profound musicality combined with a formidable yet unobtrusive technique more than equal to their significant demands.....I find this an extremely satisfying listening experience, and one I’ve returned to several times. Its appeal, it seems to me, is the tremendous sincerity that characterizes Plowright’s vivid interpretations, his first-rate pianism, and an almost indescribable quality of profound calm that hovers above the entire program. Warmly recommended." 
FANFARE USA

"Jonathan Plowright's playing brings them to life with uncommon sensitivity".
NPR USA

"Jonathan Plowright's playing is of unfaltering poise and sustained eloquence" 
GRAMOPHONE

"glorious interpretations" 
THE OBSERVER

"Plowright has done us an enormous service in resurrecting these transcriptions and in rendering them so eloquently"      
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

‘Jonathan Plowright plays everything with calm, unforced assurance, nicely balancing Bach style and 1930s period manners, and making light of all the left-hand skips needed to suggest Bach’s organ pedal parts.’ 
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

"Plowright proves to be an interpreter of marvellous tonal resources"   
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL




HyperionCDA67803

Hommage à Chopin 

CD OF THE WEEK  CLASSIC FM
CD OF THE WEEK 
ABC CLASSIC FM
EDITOR'S CHOICE
GRAMOPHONE 
DIAPASON D'OR 
DIAPASON
TIPP
   FONO FORUM 

GERMAN RECORD CRITICS AWARD (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik)
BEST OF 2010 BLUE NOTE AWARD 
ENJOYTHEMUSIC.COM

"as beguiling in intimacy … as he is magisterial in virtuosity." 
GRAMOPHONE

"exquisitely played" 
FANFARE, USA

'Mompou's 11th variation is the sublimest track on the disc.. It is in places like these that Plowright shows his real qualities as a virtuoso, especially his clarity of texture and instinct for phrasing. Warmly recommended'      
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

"Plowright's playing - dexterous, crystalline and sensitive - is a joy throughout"   
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"This disc is a delight"    
DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Plowright's dazzling playing can't be faulted"  
THE SUNDAY TIMES

" Plowright ist ein brillanter Musiker und ein bei aller Unaufdringlichkeit glänzender Pianist. Seine Stärke ist neben seinem Legato und einer bis zum zartesten Pianissimo herabreichenden Dynamikskala eine ebenso fließende wie geschlossene Gestaltungsweise. Sein Spiel klingt weich, aber nie verschwommen, dynamisch, aber niemals vordergründig. In jeder Hinsicht eine künstlerisch imponierende Veröffentlichung." 
FONO FORUM

"Plowrights farbenreicher Anschlag und sein virtuoses Spiel bilden nur die äußeren Voraussetzungen dafür, dass diese Aufnahme gelungen ist. Er hat verstanden, dass die einzelnen Komponisten jeweils andere Facetten Chopins betonen."    
NDR KULTUR

"Die meiner Meinung nach interessanteste Chopin-Einspielung geht weit über das Originalwerk des Komponisten hinaus. Es handelt sich um eine Sammlung von Stücken, die unter dem Eindruck der Werke Chopins entstanden sind.... die dem englischen Pianisten Jonathan Plowright Gelegenheit geben, sein Können, aber auch seinen literarischen Spürsinn zu zeigen."
KLASSIK HEUTE

"Plowright is simply superb, making one hope there is a second volume of Hommages in the pipeline."   
NEW ZEALAND HERALD

"Plowright imaginatively guides us through this wide-ranging repertoire, shifting gear from one piece to the next with little apparent difficulty. A delightful disc with refined pianism."   
RADIO NEW ZEALAND 

"The combination of top-flight artist, superb recording quality and truly imaginative, attractive programming seems quintessentially Hyperion. With this disc the enterprising record company has produced yet another winner.  The Balakirev is a triumph.... The work contains moments of great subtlety as well as Islamey-like all-out virtuosity. Jonathan Plowright seems equally at home in either mode of expression."  
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"A fascinating collection, brilliantly dispatched by Plowright." 
MAIL ON SUNDAY

"Jonathan Plowright brings superb technique and grace to this anthology of Chopin tributes. Besides his lyrical renditions of the Bender nocturne and other "dreamy" Romantic-era evocations, I was especially impressed by the flintiness and grandeur of his Busoni Variations, by the swagger of his Leschetizky Hommage, and by the contrasting moods of his Villa-Lobos renditions: the damp exoticism of the Nocturne and the flaring melodrama of the Ballade."
ENJOYTHEMUSIC.COM

"Fervour et science de l'instrument sont justement les qualités de Jonathan Plowright, déjà remarquèes dans d'autres musiques de traverse..... Pour son orginalité dans une année Chopin qui tourne un peu en rond, pour sa réalisation sobre et intellingente, privilégeant la beauté sonore à la digitalité pure, on ne laissera surtout pas passer ce disque!" 
DIAPASON




HyperionCDA67630

Henryk Melcer  Piano Concertos 

RECOMMENDED  PIANIST MAGAZINE
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE   CLASSIC FM 

"This Hyperion release is simply stunning....The plaudits for Plowright... confirm a colossal musical mind and matching technical ease."  
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

"Plowright enhances his glowing reputation as a musical alchemist of rare distinction with a transcendent technique." 
GRAMOPHONE

"Jonathan Plowright explores more of the Polish keyboard repertoire with these technically unforgiving but hugely enjoyable late 19th-century works by Henryk Melcer.  The second requires tremendous stamina from Plowright, who plays almost continually, ending with a massive final allegro that will take your breath away."  
OBSERVER

"Plowright sounds completely unfazed by even the most note-splattered pages, throwing himself into the fray with abandonment and aplomb"
CLASSIC FM MAGAZINE

"Jonathan Plowright provides a masterclass in dexterity at the keyboard, rising to meet all of the composer's challenges with a combination of scintillating virtuosity and deft sensitivity. The end of the C minor Concerto's opening movement is particularly telling, as he delivers the brilliant cadenza with utter authority before gently whisking the music away with a flourish of almost impossibly quick semiquavers."
MUSICALCRITICISM.COM

"Jonathan Plowright's ability to identify with works of such obscurity and brilliance does him credit. More to the point he has this wonderful ability to articulate to listeners the delights and joys of these utterly forgotten works."
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"Jonathan Plowright confirme sa réputation d'athlète de l'ivoire et de spécialiste de la littérature polonaise déjà attestée par sa remarquable gravure des Concertos de Stojowski et de la Sonate de Paderewski (Hyperion). Sa subtilité dans les traits perlés n'a d'égale que son éclat dans les passages en octaves, et il y joint beaucoup de lyrisme et de panache." 
DIAPASON

"Jonathan Plowright, der vielfach preisgekrönte britische Meisterpianist, – hierzulande unverständlicherweise noch ein Geheimtipp – ist nicht ohne Grund ein eifriger Verfechter des polnischen Romantik-Repertoires. In Melcers 2. Klavierkonzert – einer einzigen pianistischen Tour de force – kann der dauerbeschäftigte Solist seine Leistungsfähigkeit voll unter Beweis stellen. Plowright hat diese virtuos-konditionelle Herausforderung glänzend bewältigt. Zudem herrschen eine präzise rhythmische Koordination und klangliche Abstimmung zwischen Soloinstrument und dem von Christoph König hervorragend dirigierten BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra."
KLASSIK HEUTE

"Throughout Jonathan Plowright plays with dedication, affection and technical aplomb" 
CLASSICALSOURCE.COM

"Given the rarity of the repertoire, Jonathan Plowright and Christoph Konig have done a superb job of absorbing Melcer’s idiom. Care over both works’ expressive rhetoric is everywhere apparent in performances that suggest affectionate familiarity."              
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

"Both concertos previously have been recorded, but not to the exacting and scintillating standards set here. .. Jonathan Plowright commands the ways and means to obtain maximum character and musicality from Melcer’s thankless double notes, taxing interlocking octaves, and less than grateful leaps. At the same time, his large portfolio of articulations and pedalings ennoble the composer’s slower, more lyrical pages.
CLASSICSTODAY.COM

"No matter what Melcer throws at him, Plowright not only emerges completely unscathed but sounds as though he's having the time of his life"   
INTERNATIONAL PIANO MAGAZINE

"He is a constant joy." 
PIANIST MAGAZINE



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Hyperion/CDA67562 

WATCH JONATHAN PLAY THE  SONATA LIVE IN CONCERT ON YOUTUBE

           

 Paderewski  Solo Piano

 Sonata in E flat minor Op 21
 Variations and Fugue on an original theme in A minor Op 11
 Variations and Fugue on an original theme in E flat minor Op 23
           

5 de DIAPASON  DIAPASON

"The playing is world-class; understated virtuosity at its best. Plowright easily integrates all the difficult elements – and Paderewski described the Op.23 Variations as his best and most difficult work - into the musical lines as if they don’t exist."   
BBC.CO.UK CLASSICAL REVIEW

"it would be hard to imagine playing of greater sympathy or a more intimidating visceral strength and cogency. A pianist who excels in music's darker undercurrents and declamations, he clears every daunting hurdle with awe-inspiring ease, making a formidable case for one of music's neglected byways."     
GRAMOPHONE  

"Ein kolossaler Brocken, der sich jedoch unter den Händen eines Interpreten wie Jonathan Plowright als erstklassige Musik entpuppt."
PIANO NEWS

"Plowright plays this great piece marvellously and with devotion; the Sonata is a fiendishly difficult work to perform but Plowright has its measure and gives a wonderfully exciting and sensitive performance" 
CLASSICAL SOURCE.COM

"Jonathan Plowright plays it quite superbly, with an enviable range of keyboard colour"  
THE GUARDIAN

"Not only does he negotiate Paderewski's dizzying virtuoso demands with evident ease, but also his ability to bring an almost string-like tone to the more lyrical passiages constantly fascinates in this excellent recording"
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

"....tackling the Sonata Op21, which Paderewski admitted was 'extremely difficult' with dazzling confidence.  He applies the same awesome technique to the Brahmsian Variations and Fugues"
THE OBSERVER

"Plowright performs with conviction and panache"   
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Plowright has a specific affinity with Polish music and seems ideally attuned to Paderewski's brand of pianism."  
DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Jonathan Plowright semble avoir parfaitement saisi que l'esprit qui y souffle est celui de la musique et non du simple piano. Il leur donne une unité, une densité qui méritent l'admiration, soulignant l'envergure et l'humilité d'un compositeur à redécouvrir vraiment" 
DIAPASON

"Ce disque globalement très intéressant est parfaitement joué par Jonathan Plowright, avec les moyens idoines." 
CLASSICSTODAY.COM

"a brilliant and deeply satisfying performance....it comes with my full recommendation, simply because Plowright is such a fine pianist and the music deserves to be heard." 
PIANIST

"there’s no doubt that these are commanding, triumphant and ultra-virtuosic performances of lasting value."  
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"he commands an exquisite range of pastel colors"  
FANFARE

"Jonathan Plowright plays this music with remarkable virtuosity"  
CLASSICALCDREVIEW.COM




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    Hyperion/CDA67481/2

Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Transcriptions 
Walter Rummel

"nothing that I've heard even begins to compare with the rapt and refined playing of Jonathan Plowright on these remarkable CDs" 
INDEPENDENT

"Jonathan Plowright performs all of these pieces to perfection" 
American Record Guide

"One of the finest piano recordings of recent years" 
CLASSIC FM
 

"Exquisite"
BBC RADIO 3

"Plowright is alive to every nuance and detail" 
PIANIST

"musical and pianistic greatness"    
GRAMOPHONE

"This is masterly, transcendent piano playing on every level....  one of the loveliest piano releases of 2006"  
CLASSICSTODAY.COM

"Amazing too is Jonathan Plowright's ability to project these pieces while keeping every voice and nuance in balance. Performances of rare identification and understanding make this a very special release"   
BBC Music Magazine

"I really can't imagine Rummel's particular vision of this music being more vibrantly brought to life" 
International Record Review

"Plowright’s wonderful voicing brings out the solo part in a beautiful twelve minutes of heart-rending devotion."      
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"Jonathan Plowright entledigt sich nicht nur dieser Aufgaben mit Umsicht und technischer Geschmeidigkeit, sondern er scheint ein echtes, vielleicht sogar liebevolles, ja glühendes Nahverhältnis zu dieser wunderbaren Musik, zu diesen von Rummel zart bis euphorisch, liebevoll bis energisch umgesetzten Miniaturen entwickelt zu haben. Eine diskographische Entdeckung also von höchstem Unterhaltungs- und Bildungswert – dem publizistischen Charisma des Labels Hyperion durchaus zur Ehre."
KLASSIK HEUTE




Hyperion/CDA67545


Constant Lambert
  Piano Concerto

CD OF THE WEEK  CLASSIC FM
CD OF THE WEEK  THE SUNDAY TIMES
EDITOR'S CHOICE  GRAMOPHONE

"Jonathan Plowright cuts a dash with his scintillating technique, opalescent tone and beguiling range of colour”  
GRAMOPHONE

"pianist Jonathan Plowright brings just the right amount of vitality, wit and delicacy.”    
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE


"Plowright and Jones are masterly advocates for this brilliant, entertaining music"   
THE SUNDAY TIMES

"delightfully performed by Jonathan Plowright"    CLASSICSTODAY.COM




Hyperion/CDA67437


Sigismund Stojowski
 
Solo Piano 

Pensees Musicales   Opus 1 
Deux Orientales   Opus 10
from Quatre Morceaux   Opus 26 3. Chant d'amour 4. Theme cracovien varie
Fantasie   Opus 38
from Aspirations   Opus 39 1. Vers l'azur 3. Vers le caprice 4. Vers l'amour 5. Vers la joie
 
Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme   Opus 42

CD OF THE MONTH  MUZYKA 21 (Poland)

"his playing is of a superlative warmth, naturalness and virtuosity”   
GRAMOPHONE

"once you've heard Plowright storming the heavens I guarantee you'll be well and truly hooked.”     
INTERNATIONAL PIANO MAGAZINE


"Jonathan Plowright's glittering, forward moving interpretations and supreme pianistic command make these long dormant works come alive for a new generation of listeners"   

CLASSICSTODAY.COM

"A delight.”   
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE



Hyperion/CDA67314


Sigismund Stojowski
 Piano Concertos 

Piano Concerto No1 in F sharp minor Op3
Piano Concerto No2 in A flat major  (Prologue, Scherzo and Variations) Op32

CD OF THE MONTH   MUZYKA 21 (Poland)
RECORDING OF THE YEAR  MUSICWEB INT.
BEST OF THE YEAR CD 2002  AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
4 Etoiles du Monde de la Musique  DIAPASON

"A great musical event of worldwide proportions"  
MUZYKA 21 (Poland)

"This is simply a tremendous release... a truly great recording, an award winner.”   
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW


"Jonathan Plowright is on breathtaking form"   

International Piano

"two gloriously worthwhile rarities in superb performances”  
GRAMOPHONE

Jonathan Plowright plays both concertos brilliantly” 
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE


"le jeu brillant et scintillant de Jonathan Plowright"  

LA SCENA MUSICALE

“Jonathan Plowright has the chops and instinct for this kind of music”          
FANFARE USA

"breathtaking virtuosity" 

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

"Throughout this disc Jonathan Plowright's playing is simply a knockout"   
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL




Master
Musicians/ESCD004


Paderewski
 
Solo Piano

Plowright’s musical judgement is exemplary, with exquisite shaping of phrases and range of colour...  the playing is superb” 
GRAMOPHONE

Chants du Voyageur Op.8
Allegro agitato
Andantino melancolico
Andantino grazioso e moderato
Andantino mistico
Allegro giocoso

Humoresques de Concert Op.14

Menuet
Sarabande
Caprice
Burlesque
Intermezzo Pollaco
Krakovienne Fantastique


Series de Morceaux Op.16

Legende
Melodie
Theme Varié
Nocturne
Legende
Un Moment Musicale
Menuet in A





SoundProjects SPJP1002

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Jonathan Plowright 
Recital
  


"one of the most accomplished and complete artists in Britain today"

CD REVIEW

Scriabin Sonata No.2 (Sonata Fantasie) in G# minor
Andante
Presto

Janacek Sonata X 1905
Presentiment: con moto
Death: adagio

Szymanowski Theme & Variations in Bb minor Op.3

Paderewski
Nocturne Op.16 No.4

Rachmaninov
Six Moments Musicaux Op.16 (1896)
Andantino con moto
Allegro
Andante Cantabile
Presto
Adagio sostenuto
Maestoso





Master Musicians/ESCD001


Chopin
Solo Piano, vol. 1


“distinguished Chopin playing by a master musician”     
“he has an uncanny knack of making the most familiar music sound fresh and interesting”     

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23
Ballade No.3 in A flat major Op.47
Fantasie in F minor Op.49
Berceuse Op.57
Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor Op.31
Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor Op.39





SoundProjects SPCV1001


Capital Virtuosi
 Recital 

“On the evidence of this, their first recording, they have much to offer, largely because of the very keen rapport existing between the players and the group's founder, pianist Jonathan Plowright"

GRAMOPHONE

Mozart Piano concerto in F major K413
Allegro
Larghetto
Tempo di Menuetto

Bach
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor
Vivace
Largo ma non tanto
Allegro

Haydn Piano Concerto in D major Hob.XVIII/II
Vivace
Un poco adagio
Rondo all'Ongharese: Allegro assai

Pachelbel Canon in D major





Kingdom KCLCD2016


Brahms
Solo Piano
 


"Plowright is an outstanding pianist, both powerful and tender"
CLASSIC CD

Klavierstücke Op.76
Capriccio in F# minor
Capriccio in B minor
Intermezzo in Ab major
Intermezzo in Bb major
Capriccio in C# minor
Intermezzo in A major
Intermezzo in A minor
Capriccio in C major

Two Rhapsodies Op.79
Rhapsody in B minor
Rhapsody in G minor

Sonata No.3 in F minor Op.5
Allegro maestoso
Andante espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro energico
Intermezzo: Andante molto
Allegro moderato ma rubato

 

       Husum


DACOCD699

 

Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2009

Francis Poulenc - Aubade 

"Francis Poulenc’s Aubade, brilliantly played here by Jonathan Plowright" 
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL



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Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2006

Bach-Rummel - "Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen"

"a haunting account .....,  with some of the most magically hushed pianissimo playing you are ever likely to hear".   
GRAMOPHONE

 



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Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2004

Sergei Bortkiewicz - Etude D flat major Op 15/8
A. Harrington Gibbs - Runnin' Wild
Zygmunt Stojowski - Caprice orientale Op 10/2
 

"a more disciplined, yet no less thrilling account than Hofmann's"  GRAMOPHONE

"The standout items for me include...Jonathan Plowright's house-bringing down rendition of the Harrington-Gibbs/Art Tatum"  PIANIST



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Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2003

Francis Poulenc - Les Soirées de Nazelles

"Here is a pianist at the top of his game with meticulous attention to detail, stylistic absorption, and a vivid sense of colour and character; the piano positively purrs with pleasure.  
GRAMOPHONE

"The opening work on this compilation from the Husum 2003 Festival is probably the most impressive... This work is beautifully played by the British pianist Jonathan Plowright.  
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"Man of the moment and Hyperion star Jonathan Plowright kicks off with Poulenc. This is cultured and imaginative playing, not short on charm and power either and he mines those moments of Chopinesque delicacy, Schumannesque reverie, Stravinskian tartness and music-hall drollery that makes this so irresistible a score. Le Coeur sur la main is especially lyrical and the ‘Handel in the Strand meets Music Hall’ romp negotiated with real verve. In the final stretch where Poulenc asks for Follement vite Plowright is certainly fast but also meticulously precise over articulation. This is the meatiest work on the disc."
MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL 

 

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