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Artur Pizarro

Artur Pizarro

After winning the Leeds Piano Competition in 1990, Artur Pizarro has released several oustandingly beautiful solo albums on Linn Records. Artur is renowned for his 'breath-takingly sensitive playing' (Glasgow Herald).



Linn 40th Anniversary Collection LP
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection LP
This special 180g limited edition pressing in a gatefold sleeve celebrates Linn's 40th anniversary. 

AKH 425

Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

Albéniz Iberia and Granados Goyescas
Albéniz Iberia and Granados Goyescas
Artur Pizarro explores the piano works of Spanish greats Albéniz and Granados 

CKD 355  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The fourth volume in Linn's popular sampler series. A mouth-watering selection of 2008-09 tracks. 

AKP 357  

Beethoven Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5
Beethoven Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5
Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the SCO and pianist Artur Pizarro 

BKD 336  

The Complete Works of Ravel Vol. 2
The Complete Works of Ravel Vol. 2
The second disc in this talented pianist's acclaimed Ravel series 

CKD 315  

Rimsky-Korsakov - Piano Duos
Rimsky-Korsakov - Piano Duos
Colourful piano arrangements of Rimsky-Korsakov’s finest orchestral works 

CKD 293  

The Complete Works of Ravel Vol. 1
The Complete Works of Ravel Vol. 1
This demanding piano programme highlights Pizarro as an accomplished Ravel interpreter. Recommended. 

CKD 290  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
The second disc in the highly popular SACD sampler series. A great overview of the best of Linn. 

AKP 284  

Chopin Piano Sonatas
Chopin Piano Sonatas
Artur Pizarro's second Chopin album, following on from his hugely successful "Reminiscences" album. 

CKD 250  

Reminiscences - Frederic Chopin
Reminiscences - Frederic Chopin
Renowned pianist Artur Pizarro turns to the Romantic piano music of Chopin for his third album. 

BKD 248  

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Beethoven's famous 'Pathetique', 'Moonlight', 'Tempest' and 'Appassionata' sonatas. 

CKD 244  

Beethoven: Last Three Piano Sonatas
Beethoven: Last Three Piano Sonatas
Pizarro's acclaimed second disc of Beethoven sonatas, beautifully played on a Blüthner piano. 

CKD 225  

Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Beethoven's famous 'Pathetique', 'Moonlight', 'Tempest' and 'Appassionata' sonatas. 

CKD 209  

Artur Pizarro - piano

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968, Artur Pizarro gave his first public performance at the age of three and made his television début on Portuguese television at the age of four. He had been introduced to the instrument by his maternal grandmother, pianist Berta da Nóbrega, and her piano-duo partner, Campos Coelho, who was a student of Vianna da Motta, Ricardo Viñes and Isidor Philipp. From 1974 to 1990 Artur studied with Sequeira Costa who had also been a student of Vianna da Motta and of Mark Hamburg, Edwin Fischer, Marguerite Long and Jacques Février. This distinguished lineage immersed Artur in the tradition of the ‘Golden Age' of pianism and gave him a broad education in both the German and French piano schools and repertoire. After initial studies in Lisbon, Artur moved to Lawrence, Kansas in the USA and continued working with Sequeira Costa who is Distinguished Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas. During a brief interruption of his studies in the USA, Artur also studied with Jorge Moyano in Lisbon, and in Paris worked with Aldo Ciccolini, Géry Moutier and Bruno Rigutto.

Artur began performing publicly again at the age of 13 with a recital début at the São Luíz Theatre in Lisbon and made his concerto debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra later in the same year. While still under the tutelage of Costa, Artur won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition and won first prize at the 1990 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, which marked the beginning of an international concert career.

Artur Pizarro performs internationally in recital, chamber music and with the world's leading orchestras and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Entremont, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Ilan Volkov, Franz Welser- Most, Tugan Sokhiev, Yakov Kreizberg, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Artur is an active chamber musician and has performed at chamber music festivals throughout the world. In 2005 he formed the Pizarro Trio with violinist Raphaël Oleg and cellist Josephine Knight. Artur also performs as a piano duo with Vita Panomariovaite. The duo released Rimsky-Korsakov - Piano Duos (Linn CKD 293) to great acclaim with BBC Online observing ‘...the two pianists respond with a unity that shimmers...'

In February 2003 Artur Pizarro released Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Linn CKD 244) to outstanding critical acclaim: ‘Let no one say there is no room for another set of established masterpieces when the pianist is possessed with this sort of recreative energy and exuberance' (Gramophone). After performing the cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas in the United States and twice in Portugal, Artur performed the cycle at St. John's, Smith Square, London which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. The cycle earned Artur a Royal Philharmonic Society nomination for ‘Best Series'.

In 2005 Artur released Reminiscences (Linn CKD 248), a collection of Chopin's best loved works for solo piano and, in 2006, Artur released Chopin Piano Sonatas for Linn Records (Linn CKD 250). ‘The majestic Third Sonata can hardly be bettered and with the fine natural recorded sound we could very well have the Chopin release of the year' (Pianist Magazine).

Throughout 2005-06 Artur dedicated himself to performing the complete solo works of Ravel and Debussy in England and Denmark. All six concerts in London were broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and Artur has recorded The Complete Piano Works of Maurice Ravel Vol. I and II for Linn Records (Linn CKD 290 and Linn CKD 315), ‘...for those who value above all the intoxicating allure of these treasurable pieces, Pizarro has no rivals' (International Record Review).

With the Petersen Quartet, Artur recorded the Piano Quintet of César Franck on the Phoenix Edition label. This recording was CD of the Month in BBC Music Magazine (November 2008). For Naxos he recorded the complete solo piano works of Joaquín Rodrigo. Artur's recordings of Franz Liszt's complete Hungarian Rhapsodies for piano solo can be found on Brilliant Classics and for Hyperion Artur recorded the works of Vianna da Motta for piano and orchestra with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the works for two pianos of Darius Milhaud with pianist Stephen Coombs. In April 2009 Linn Records released Artur Pizarro's recordings of Beethoven's 3rd, 4th & 5th piano concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Throughout 2010 Artur will perform an epic cycle of the complete solo piano works of Chopin at St John's Smith Square in London.  The 9 recitals, which begin in February 2010, will mark the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth.


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Artur Pizarro named BBC Radio 3 Artist of the Week
07 December 2012
Pianist's career is showcased
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Artur is Classic FM's Editor's Choice
14 June 2010
another five star review for Pizarro
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Pizarro is BBC Instrumental Choice
11 June 2010
Spanish album awarded 5 stars
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Artur talks to the BBC
07 January 2010
Tune in to Breakfast on Friday 8th January
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CD of the Week for Beethoven Piano Concertos
16 April 2009
Classic FM selects the new recording
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Artur and Vita dazzle in a live performance
15 October 2008
The piano duo perform a programme of Schubert's "delightful rarities"
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Fono Forum
4½ Stars
"Pizarro deutet die Werke aber eher aus der Sicht eines hochbegabten Aquarellmalers und weniger aus der des scharf konturierenden Zeichners."
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The Absolute Sound
4 Stars
"We have here an ideal matching of artist, repertoire and instrument."
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Fanfare
"There is a kind of yielding elegance to his playing that strikes me..."
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Financial Times
4 Stars
"the softer, romantically stylised moments are exquisitely handled..."
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Gramophone
"Artur Pizarro captures their improvised, dreamlike quality to perfection with a golden tone and caressing touch."
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Stereophile
"Beautiful music, beautiful playing, beautiful recording."
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International Record Review
"No newcomer to this repertory could be disappointed with Pizarro's accounts..."
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Musikzen
...Pizarro y fait la preuve de ses compétences techniques et musicales
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Irish Times
4 Stars
"...Pizarro is beguiling..."
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Sunday Herald
"...played with enormous flair, colour and sensitivity..."
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Classic FM Magazine
5 Stars
Instrumental & Chamber Editor’s Choice: "Artur Pizarro's interpretations offer a richly rewarding alternative view of this music..."
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Instrumental Choice: "...his formidable technique provides the means to a musical and poetic end..."
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"At last (and well worth waiting for)...Glorious!"
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Opus Musica
"Un doble disco -de generoso minutaje- muy recomendable."
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North London News
"...the prodigally talented Artur Pizarro unquestionably ranks among the most sensitive and capable..."
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SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
"His playing is always beautiful, capturing the dream-like romance of these vignettes..."
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The Daily Mail
5 Stars
"Artur Pizarro is in full command of these suites."
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The Guardian
4 Stars
"...Pizarro captures that slight air of sentimentality perfectly."
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Musical Pointers
"It is a landmark in recorded history and an essential addition to everyone's library of Spanish piano music."
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Klassik.com
'...fast transzendente Musizieren ein...'
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Gramophone
"...a performance of grace and musicianly charm."
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StereoMojo
"This is a very clever bit of pianism."
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Keswick Reminder
"...[a] fine collaboration..."
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Opus Musica
"...gran música en excelentes condiciones."
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International Record Review
IRR Outstanding: "...nearly two hours of unalloyed delight."
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MusicWeb International
"...this is a wonderful issue."
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"...the results are sterling. Warmly recommended..."
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The Herald
5 Stars
"...electric and integrated Beethoven performances. A great set..."
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...there's a real verve and a reveling in the ambiance of gorgeous musical sounds..."
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
"...the overall impression is of unanimous intention and glorious teamwork."
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Sunday Herald
"outstanding performances, always satisfying and frequently inspiring."
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BBC Online
"...multi-faceted and magnificent..."
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Sempre Audio
"Die Audioqualität ist in jedem Fall überragend und sowohl in Stereo als auch Surround atemberaubend."
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Musical Pointers
"This must be one of the very best..."
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
"the recorded sound is ideal."
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MusicWeb International
"...warm, gleaming and intimate."
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Clavier Companion
Two years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Ravel play his own works on British Duo Art ...
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Opus Musica
"...es tan brillante como podía esperarse de tan reputado virtuoso."
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hi-fi +
5 Stars
"We are not short of Ravel discs but I would place this (and the first volume) the top of the list."
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Listener
"dignified and delicate"
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Atlanta Audio Society
"...a beautifully focused tone...perfection"
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Opus Musica
"...sencillamente perfecto..."
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HMV Choice
5 Stars
Lovingly sculpted Ravel played on an instrument with a difference...
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
"Konzentriert und impulsiv, beherrscht und temperamentvoll, klangsinnig und hörend, strukturell und emotional erwärmt."
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The List
4 Stars
"Pizarro's playing suits Ravel to perfection."
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Sunday Herald
5 Stars
"These are masterful performances..."
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MusicOMH
"It is beautiful music played lovingly..."
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International Record Review
"Pizarro has no rivals."
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BBC Online
"This is a deeply pleasurable disc, and one I believe Ravel would have approved of."
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
"Pizarro brings to the table a bold ingenuity and freshness..."
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
"...Pizarro's Bluthner concert grand sounds just about right..."
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AudioVideoHD
4½ Stars
"Magnífico."
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The Times
"...prances and winks with light-fingered panache."
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Politiken
5 Stars
Artur Pizarro er en mild løve, der fortaber sig i strålende klangverdener - til stor glæde for lytterne.
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Musical Pointers
"There is a quality of attention to detail and focus which grips the attention..."
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Financial Times
"[Pizarro] shows there is a dreamily seductive side to Ravel."
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Metro
"...just heavenly."
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"A delight from beginning to end..."
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The Observer
"a recording to treasure"
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International Piano
Ravel's piano music has rarely been so magically captured on disc as here
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Klassik.com
'...Artur Pizarro zeigt sich als Kenner der französischen Schule..'
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High Fidelity (Danish)
Den unge Artur Pizarro er et usædvanligt talent...
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ClassicsToday.com
...what a phenomenal Gaspard!
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Classic FM
5 Stars
Volume two? Bring it on.
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Atlanta Audio Society
Pizarro plays scintillating Ravel
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Pianist
the Chopin release of the year
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Independent on Sunday
5 Stars
As well as a super-refined approach to sonority, Pizarro has every note where he wants it, plus the power to whip the increasingly opulent decadence of La Valse up to a shatteringly self-destructive climax
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The Herald
4 Stars
Ravel's warhorses: ...Pizarro’s Ravel is a marriage of clarity, delicacy and unforced virtuosity.
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Financial Times
Wizardry from Pizarro: Pizarro’s pearl-like clarity casts a spell over music that demands the wizardry of a water-sprite
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Manchester Evening News
The most notable thing about Ravel's piano works, in the opinion of some, is their near-impossibility to play...
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BBC Online
'This is a very grown-up disc on all counts. I would definitely recommend it...'
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The Scotsman
A recording of 'alluring composure'...
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
A vivid recording of vibrant music, this disc.
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Good Sound
4 Stars
his style is overt and dashing
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International Record Review
courageous and individual
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The Observer
elegant and assured
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The Sunday Times
3 Stars
torrential but sensitively voiced Chopin interpretations
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The Herald
5 Stars
A highly collectable disc
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The Metro
5 Stars
A brave decision but one with spectacular results
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
a rich and powerful piano sound
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
Pizarro unravels their expressive worlds
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The Herald
5 Stars
An achingly beautiful performance; a spellbinding array of insights
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
One of the most enjoyable Chopin collections on a disc I have heard...
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The Guardian
4 Stars
Four stars for Artur's 'distinctive' playing
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International Record Review
A virtuosic performance from a gifted pianist
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The Observer
Waltzes, mazurkas, nocturnes, a polonaise and the Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor: all yield new beauties beneath Pizarro's light but firm, sensitive touch.
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Scotland on Sunday
Pizarro produces a clear, almost glacial sound.
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Classical CD Review.com
A fine collection of piano works.
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MusicWeb International
A gorgeous piano sound...
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The Sunday Herald
Unmissable.
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BBCi
A dazzling performance
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The Sunday Times
Pizarro always rises to Beethoven's dramatic challenges
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The Herald
In every way a disc to be sought out.
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The Scotsman
A mesmerising mix of showmanship and intellect. Compulsive listening.
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Gramophone
Pizarro is not frightened to go his own way...
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Atlanta Audio Society
...A mastery of the musical, emotional and intellectual power of Beethoven...
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Hi-Fi Choice
...This first disc on the Linn label from Artur Pizarro is a gem...
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BBC Music Magazine
A recording "delivered with conviction, intelligence and refined pianism"
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International Record Review
Luminous tonal variety...
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Hi-Fi Choice
5 Stars
Great stuff.
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The Herald
Snap this one up now.
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Artur Pizarro discusses Maurice Ravel
13 November 2008
An informed discussion about the piano works of Maurice Ravel
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