Imogen Cooper

News & Press

  • Sunday Times Culture

    31 December 2019

    Record reviews

  • Limelight Magazine

    29 December 2019

    Record reviews

    "…One of the beauties of this collection is the way it conveys so powerfully the free-flowing, almost 360-degree influences that these composers exerted on one another. So much so that mid-way through Albéniz’s Evocación you might wonder if you’re listening to Debussy’s Soireé dans Grenade. Experiencing Iberia Y Francia as a recital will bring you many similar surprises, not least of which is the way Albéniz’s writing – with its pervasive (and rubato-laden) dance rhythms, extravagant dynamic range and heady combination of delicacy and abandon – owes something to Debussy who demonstrates his affection and respect for Albéniz’s Iberia suite in La Puerta del Vino.

    The ‘odd composer out’ here is Mompou, but that makes his inclusion all the more interesting. The apparent simplicity of his music masks a deep, wistful engagement with his Catalan heritage.

    Cooper’s playing is also consistently stimulating."

    Limelight Magazine, December 2019

  • Evening Standard

    23 December 2019

    Live reviews

    Best classical music shows of the year 2019:

    “Some people celebrate their 70th birthday by skydiving, others with afternoon tea at the Ritz. The much-loved British pianist Imogen Cooper chose to play Schubert’s final three sonatas in an extended tripartite recital...One of the things that is special about Cooper’s own playing is that timeless, unhurried quality.”

    Evening Standard, 23 December 2019

  • 70th birthday concert at Wigmore Hall, London

    28 November 2019


  • Gramophone Magazine

    31 October 2019

    "Not here: Cooper gives us an Albéniz entirely her own, all the more vivid perhaps for its vantage from the outside looking in. Piquant, understated, with a sultry heat that smoulders rather than bursting into flame, these are compelling performances informed by the palette of Goya and undergirded with an inerrantly zesty rhythmic élan.”

    Patrick Rucker, Gramophone Magazine