horizontal line

American-born Thomas Hecht, a pupil of Leon Fleisher, emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. His debut solo disc features two major piano sonatas from his homeland with what he describes as ‘the unrivalled “Titan” of the early New Zealand piano repertoire’. Hecht’s playing possesses a strong sense of line and structure, allied to rhythmic acuity and a refined delicacy of touch. These serve him well in a fine account of Barber’s Sonata in E flat; if his account lacks the excessive personality of Horowitz’s pioneering performances, that may be no bad thing. His version of Copland’s Piano Sonata is less compelling but is rendered with exemplary finesse and verve. The highlight of the disc is Douglas Lilburn’s Chaconne (1947), here making its first appearance on CD. This work is a tour de force of brilliant piano writing from a master composer. Hecht’s account is mesmerising. With clear, bright sound, this is a splendid disc.

GUY RICKARDS Read the full review on Agora Classica

   Read full review   

To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.

Read more classical music reviews online here:

Piano International, 2014 - ©Rhinegold Publishing