Nicolas-Wickham-Irving - piano
Very rarely these days do I put on a CD which has my ears pricked within the first minute and has me going back to the beginning with keen interest. Such was my experience with Nicolas Wickham-Irving's Claudio disc of Chopin's four Ballades and F minor Fantaisie on CB5259-2, which I urge you to hear.
Here is a strong flavour of the pianism of the late 18th Century virtuosi from an artist who believes in the moment rather than repeating what he has done before.
I am sure that if Wickham-Irving returned to the same studio with Claudio's first rate producer Colin Attwell and made a new disc of the same programme it would be equally fascinating yet utterly different.
Denby Richards - Musical Opinion
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Ballade Op. 23 No 1 in G minor
Ballade Op. 38 No 2 in F major
Ballade Op. 47 No 3 in A flat major
Ballade Op. 52 No 4 in F minor
Fantasie Op. 49 No in F minor