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A mixed repertoire recital shows young Italian-German pianist Sophie Pacini possessing a dazzling technique

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SOPHIE PACINI

Beethoven: Sonata in C Op 53 ‘Waldstein’; Liszt: Various works including Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 and Réminiscences de Don Juan S418

Warner Classics

0190295977023

4 stars

When you’ve got it, flaunt it. The young Italian-German pianist Sophie Pacini possesses a dazzling technique which is more than a match for the challenges of Liszt’s transcription of the Tannhäuser Overture and Réminiscences de Don Juan, and she wipes the floor with his Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody. After a well-received album on Onyx of Schumann and Mozart concertos, her debut recital for Warner Classics opens with Beethoven’s finger-tricky ‘Waldstein’ Sonata. The only reflective moments on this thrilling disc are provided by Liszt’s Consolations and the dreamy Liebestraum No 3 – if only to prove that she is human and needs a rest like us mere mortals.

Pacini is a notable example of a young generation of pianists for whom the word ‘fear’ is not in their vocabulary. But forget about the stunning fingers for a moment, and listen to an original, musical approach to the works at hand, a good sense of voicing and no crazy idiosyncrasies. Warner Classics have made a real find in Sophie Pacini: watch this space. 

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