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A British pianist specializing in the late baroque and classical periods, Jill Crossland has acquired an impressive reputation for her new insights into even the most familiar and hackneyed of 'core repertoire' works. Penguin Guide to CDs has said "a natural Mozartean ... wonderfully lyrical Beethoven". Here, Jill gives that special treatment to the 'Moonlight' with a beautiful and fresh reading; she presents three Bach-Busoni chorale preludes in full Romantic style and sparkles in delightful Mozart.

CD DURATION:  64.16  

AUDIO SAMPLE: Bach/Busoni: Ich ruf zu dir (extract)






Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Fantasia in D minor, K. 397
Variations on 'Ah, vous dirais-je, maman', K. 265
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2
Johann Sebastian Bach (arranged by Busoni):
Wachet auf (after BWV 140)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (after BWV62)
Ich ruf zu dir (after BWV177)

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Crossland's Moonlight Sonata enjoys a weighty lyricism without undue distortion of the musical line. [The Bach- Busoni Chorale Preludes] sing gloriously and fleetly over bass tones to emphasise their cantabile, stately and devotional directness of expression. Recording engineer Mike Hatch has provided a balanced resonance between the salon and the concert-hall.” – Gary Lemco (Audiophile Audition)

"Jill Crossland gives us a programme here as tastily arranged as a cordon bleu menu, well thought out, delicately prepared and fresh. It's a most satisfying disc. I'd give it as a gift to one hungry for Michelin-star playing of classic recipes.” – Rick Jones (Words and Music)

“Her interpretations reflect deep thought and superb technique. She never imposes herself on the composer's intention. Excellent, conveying real sensitivity. 4.5 stars out of five.” – Gerry Miller (Epoch Times)

“With [the two Mozart] works she succeeds in giving the recording an immediate sense of purpose. [In the Beethoven] Crossland grapples boldly with the music's continual tension and release, impetuousness and repose ... playing of thoughtfulness and liquidity. Crossland's playing has a distinctive and driven quality to it, which certainly brings a good deal of zeal and excitement to her interpretations.” – Mark Tanner (International Record Review)

“ Crossland's straightforward interpretations usually capture the essence of each piece, with textural clarity, careful rhythm, and sensitive melodic shaping.... much to enjoy in Crossland's sincere interpretations and adept playing.” – Paul Orgel (Fanfare)

“The disc is worth acquiring, for even though Crossland's approach is not novel, it is rare among the "big names”: there is no languid sleepiness, and where the fire should burn it burns, but there are no Romantic excesses, no jagged lines and no rough surfaces. I will not stack this disc too far away from the player.” - Oleg Ledeniov (MusicWeb)