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

  • The Guardian

    14 October 2019

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    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

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    Michael Church, BBC Music Magazine, November 2019

  • BBC Music Magazine

    01 May 2019

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    BBC Music Magazine, May 2019

    “Imogen Cooper describes the work as ‘a wonderful journey’… and that is what overwhelmingly comes over in her superb recording… from Variation 29 to the end of the work it all segues like one meditation. Cooper never goes for effect per se: her goal is purely expressiveness.”

    Performance: *****
    Recording: *****
    ‘Instrumental Choice’

    Michael Church, BBC Music Magazine, May 19