Reviews

'To hear in succession the tiny contemplative adagio of the Second Suite followed by its bright fugal allegro and then the quasi-improvisatory organ-like prelude of the Third Suite is to appreciate just how compellingly Driver intuits the music’s rich diversity.'

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Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph

'If you want to hear these pieces played on a sleek grand piano using an engagingly post-historical approach, with flawlessly stylish ornamentation (eg the embellished vocalising line in the Sarabande from No 7) and a variety of dynamic nuances (the Chaconne in G major), then look no further.'

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David Vickers, Gramophone

"Erik Chisholm's dazzling Second Piano Concerto and James MacMillan's arresting The Confession of Isobel Gowdie were among highlights of this Commonwealth Day concert....Driver's delivery was ideal: urgent, direct and unfussy, with touches of gentle eloquence and mysticism."

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Kate Molleson, The Guardian (UK)

"One of the many children of JS Bach, CPE Bach is often overlooked. But this concert proved what an extraordinary and unsettling composer he was."

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Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

'....Chloë Hanslip plays with the most enviably sweet and subtly variegated tone throughout and she forms an outstandingly compelling partnership with Danny Driver, whose irreproachably eager and stylish pianism is a joy to encounter...'

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Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone
Danny Driver’s first foray into CPE Bach’s keyboard output was one of the most thrilling instrumental discs of 2010 and, once again, he proves an ideal guide to this repertoire....His impeccable technique is allied with the clarity of architectural vision crucial for making sense of this composer’s sophisticated challenges. Read More...
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine (Australia)
"It was one of those instantly recognisable and humbling instances of a musician being entirely at the music’s disposal and therefore its master. Not only did he realise with perfect consistency the first movement’s spiritual anticipation of and dependency on the second movement, he also presented the process of detachment and transformation of the Arietta’s variations, the sense of letting go that defines the music, with a disarming modesty, directness and simple inevitability. " Read More...
Peter Reed, The Classical Source
'It would be difficult to over-praise this wonderfully enterprising disc....the superb Danny Driver gives his all'. Read More...
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
The standout triumph was a blast from the past. Franz Reizenstein wrote his Concerto Popolare for Gerard Hoffnung’s first music festival in 1956; its soloist wanders from Grieg to Beethoven to Rachmaninov while the increasingly irate maestro insists on conducting Tchaikovsky..... Danny Driver’s pianist and Andrew Litton’s conductor were note-perfect impersonations of their preening archetypes. Read More...
Neil Fisher, The Times (UK)
Driver's performances, bold, exuberant and precise, were counterpointed not only by video projections, but with an actor. Andrew Stephen, in nerdy spectacles and a striped jumper, spent the performance seated at a 1980s computer, tapping out notes on the Studies and their starting points, from medieval Notre Dame composers to the tribal music of central Africa. Read More...
Andrew Clements, The Guardian (UK)
'Fascinating - two major British piano concertos that have nothing to do with the British musical mainstream. The music of the radical and visionary Scot, Erik Chisholm, has languished in obscurity for 50 years...' Hear excerpts and a discussion of this recording on the BBC Music Magazine podcast (iTunes or www.classical-music.com). Read More...
Calum Macdonald, BBC Music Magazine
On this album, CPE Bach: Keyboard Sonatas II, Danny Driver is intimately in touch with the fluctuations of the musical language, writes Geoffrey Norris - 'Driver plays with an imagination and subtlety fully equal to Bach’s own.' Read More...
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph
'Immensely rewarding listening'. Read More...
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer
"the intensity and immediacy of this Wigmore Hall recital was something else – and more than justified the accumulating fuss being made of this fine musician." Read More...
Peter Reed, The Classical Source
'His performance ranges from thundering rhetoric to a whispering sense of poetic delicacy and when you hear him, say, in Variation 2 from the slow movement, you become enthralled by a pianist of such magical warmth and finesse.' Read More...
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
'Driver's playing is always beautifully measured and marked by an exquisitely deft precision'. Read More...
Graham Lock, International Piano
'It would be impossible to over-estimate Driver's impeccable technique and musicianship, and also a warmth missing from Pletnev's earlier and razor-sharp recital (DG, 2/02). Moving from York Bowen to C P E Bach (and with Balakirev on the horizon), he clearly believes that variety is the spice of life. This is surely one of the finest of all recent keyboard issues and Hyperion's sound and presentation are ideal.' Read More...
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
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