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Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, June 2017

What amazed me the most was Roscoe’s tremendous ability to maintain complete clarity of texture while still imparting a feeling of mysticism to the music. This is an extraordinarily difficult balancing act, because clarity and mysticism are sometimes incompatible qualities. Pianists who excel at the latter do not always achieve the former; on the contrary, their goal is to blur and obscure as much as possible to create an “aura of mysticism.”

In my opinion, Martin Roscoe is a far greater interpreter and more interesting pianist than the much-vaunted Martha Argerich. To my ears, all Argerich has to offer is a blistering keyboard attack and somewhat well-bound phrases. She plays nothing from the “inside.” Roscoe plays everything from inside the music, and this is what made this Szymanowski series so consistently attractive.

This is advanced listening for minds that are willing to take the plunge with [Szymanowski], and I greatly admire Martin Roscoe for having the courage to interpret the music with the right feeling while maintaining clarity and transparency. © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, January 2015

…Roscoe came up with clear accounts of all of those compositions that will make this collection a valuable asset in any collection of recordings. This is particularly true for those having an opportunity to experience this music in recital. Szymanowski’s musical language is so unique that becoming familiar with it prior to attending a performance is highly advisable, and Roscoe has provided an excellent resource for such familiarization. © 2015 Examiner.com Read complete review





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