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IP spoke warmly of Garritson’s Prokofiev during the Montréal International Piano Competition (Sep/Oct 2011 issue). Here is a well-recorded opportunity to listen closer. The Liszt Rhapsodie espagnole is a fabulous performance: teasing, witty, meltingly beautiful and with excellent legerdemain. Garritson does not quite nail the excitement of the end but the affinity is there.

It is brave to take on Schubert’s Klavierstücke D946. Pollini’s recording displays his finest points; Garritson’s playing is disciplined, sensitive and well-moulded but not in the same class.

There are no booklet notes, so one has to work out which Schumann Piano Sonata No 3/Concert sans orchestre she plays (1853, in four movements). This is the highlight of Garritson’s album, a highly considered reading, with a driving Scherzo and the variations (on a theme by Clara) containing an impressive slow fourth variation. The Kreisler/Rachmaninov Liebesleid is a charming encore.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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