DIRECTOR / PIANO

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 7

“These are original readings of great style, wit and imagination, each individual sonata emerging with rare emotional and intellectual cohesion.”

Gramophone, December 2018

 

Debussy: Violin Sonata (Jennifer Pike, Martin Roscoe)

“It is their performance [of Debussy’s Violin Sonata] that brings something completely new to the work. While following Debussy’s indications with the utmost attention to detail, Pike and Roscoe have a range of colours and nuances that make you do with your ears what you do with your eyes when you stare. Magical and captivating, and completely at home in the elusive world of Debussy, their recording makes me feel I am discovering the composer as for the first time.”

Caroline Rae, BBC Radio 3’s Record Review (Recommended Recording), June 2018

 

Albéniz’ Rapsodia Española with BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall

“…the latter is a considerable virtuoso vehicle – thoroughly mastered by Martin Roscoe.”

The Arts Desk

65th Birthday Concert at Wigmore Hall

“Martin Roscoe gave us something to celebrate with this Wigmore Hall Schubert recital, opening with a pair of lively Scherzos played with poise and elegance, the first whimsical and witty, suggestive of the tavern and a tankard, the second more Sonata-related, earthy and mercurial with a meltingly lovely Trio, Roscoe lavishing affection on it. … An evening of variety – of touch, colour and dynamics – infinite care and stellar musicianship.”

Colin Anderson, Classical Source

Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Deux Elles

“…poised and scrupulous playing…”

Gramophone

Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin with Tasmin Little – Chandos

“Roscoe and Little seem inspired by the greatness and variety of this music. Neither artist has done anything finer on

disc.”

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Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2 – Hyperion

“…shows Roscoe at his most dazzling, employing a huge dynamic range and changes of mood as swift as they are convincing … Roscoe never miscalculates the voicing of a chord nor smears a colour … It would be difficult to overpraise Roscoe’s accomplishment…”

International Record Review

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 The Final Trilogy – Deux-Elles

“…I haven’t heard playing from any recent pianist that surpasses Roscoe’s. He is recorded exceptionally well. Other pianists have played these Sonatas … but Roscoe made me feel that they are related to one another in ways that I have never realised before. An outstanding disc in every way…”

PERFORMANCE 5* RECORDING 5*

BBC Music Magazine

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 2– Deux-Elles

“…in Op. 111’s finale he has also tapped into an almost hypnotic underlying tread that takes us to journey’s end with impressive certainty…the breadth and austere beauty of the Op. 109 is memorable here.”

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3

Dohnányi: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol. 1/Hyperion

“…There’s something larger than life about the keyboard writing here, and it demands exactly the kind of no-hold-barred approach that Roscoe adopts; he dispatches the fistfuls of notes with wonderful precision and just the right degree of swagger…”

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

“…a master pianist who has thoroughly immersed himself in the composer for years … this is a particularly happy start to the series.”

Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone

“…with his easy rapport and genuine musicianship he again proved himself a popular choice with the audience.”

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“…every aspect from touch, tempo and overall effect, had been fully considered and then perfectly executed.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Darlington and Stockton Times

“Martin Roscoe’s playing throughout showed the standard of artistry and musicianship we have come to expect from such an accomplished pianist.”

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