Louis Lortie delighted an audience at London's Wigmore Hall this week as part of BBC Radio 3's Live in Concert series. His performance of George Benjamin's Shadowlines and Chopin's 24 Preludes Op. 28 earned the Canadian pianist rapturous applause.
Reviewing for the Telegraph, John Allison found the Chopin "fully authentic, yet it is a manner far removed from the patrician elegance often applied to his music... with Lortie encompassing unrelenting torrents, glowing solemnity and brilliant virtuosity. That miniature tone poem nicknamed the “Raindrop” Prelude was beautifully sustained, with Lortie making the most of his instrument’s dusky tone, but the Fazioli also thundered powerfully in the middle of this piece". Demonstrating his "flair for programming", John Allison also enjoyed the "imaginative contrast" of the George Benjamin: " played with intensity and wit... an interesting juxtaposition from a thoughtful pianist". You can read the full 4-star review by clicking here.
Classical Source reviewer Barnaby Page found Louis' performance as equally captivating. He concluded that it was 'a superb instalment of the Wigmore/Radio 3 lunchtime series, combining an ingenious programme with Lortie’s deep sympathy for the music which added a profound emotional dimension to his technical achievement.' He praised Louis for his 'grabbing, absorbing account of George Benjamin’s Messiaen-esque Shadowlines' and for his great attention to detail in the Chopin Preludes. You can also read this review in full by clicking here.
You can hear the broadcast of the recital by clicking here to visit the BBC Radio 3 website, or listen to the concert again on BBC Radio 3 at 1pm on Sunday 30 April.