Imogen Cooper

News & Press

  • New York Review of Books

    29 October 2019

    Live reviews

     "They say there are some musicians who are admired, and some who are loved. Imogen Cooper is very much admired, not least by other pianists, but as she marks her seventieth birthday on August 28, there can scarcely be any musician alive who is more truly loved."

    Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New York Review of Books, October 2019

  • Evening Standard

    23 October 2019

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    Barry Millington, London Evening Standard, 23 October 2019

  • The Arts Desk

    23 October 2019

    Live reviews

    “There is perfection in the way that profound sadness is finally transcended by a shift into heavenly major-key light, and it needs equal perfection, anchoring and inwardness in the playing. That Cooper achieved those qualities at the most profound level - the ideal of time becoming space - meant that the last two movements could seem superfluous: as in the "Unfinished" Symphony, Schubert seems to have said enough at the midway-point. Hyper-alertness and that unique diamantine quality Cooper's right hand brings to the upper register kept us hooked, though, to the headlong conclusion. For the bows, a standing ovation the Wigmore audience rarely grants, passionate devotion and gratitude, but no fuss. A place among the immortals is assured, but there are hopefully many more years of pianistic revelations to come.”

    David Nice, The Arts Desk, 23 October 2019

  • The Guardian

    14 October 2019

    Record reviews

    Cooper gives vitality and style to four pieces from Albéniz’s hot, atmospheric Iberia suite and two Canción y Danza by Mompou. A favourite from this recital disc is her account of Debussy’s L’isle joyeuse, played with crystalline precision and dreamy freedom.

    Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

  • BBC Music Magazine

    14 October 2019

    Record reviews

     

    Michael Church, BBC Music Magazine, November 2019