Six of the best recordings by pianist Imogen Cooper
From Chopin to Schumann, here are a few recommended discs of recordings by the brilliant British pianist Imogen Cooper
Chandos CHAN 10902
A very personal take on a selection of Chopin’s finest, offering an individual voice of tremendous poetry, integrity and depth. Jessica Duchen writes: 'Atmospheres are intense, intimate, turbulent and dreamlike by turns; and Cooper injects every note with strength of personality.'
Davidsbündlertänze, Geistervariationen, etc
Chandos CHAN 10874
The complexity of Schumann’s emotional world shines out in Cooper’s masterful interpretations of some of his most challenging creations. Jeremy Siepmann writes: 'Cooper commands a dynamic and colouristic range beyond the reach of most pianists.'
Read more reviews of the latest Robert Schumann recordings here
Find out more about Robert Schumann and his works here
Chandos CHAN 10755
Placing Schumann’s whirlwind imagination in Kreisleriana and Fantasiestücke alongside Brahms’s Variations (from the B flat major String Sextet), Cooper brings out the best in all of them.
Song Cycles with Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone)
Decca 478 4272
Cooper’s long musical partnership with Holzmair is shown at its refined and powerful finest in Schubert’s three song cycles: two great artists who seem to think as one.
Read our review of another great Cooper/Holzmair collaboration: songs by Schumann and Reimann, performed live at Wigmore Hall.
Piano Concertos Nos 24 & 25
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cooper gives a visionary account of Schubert’s towering A major Sonata D959 and brings sinew and songfulness to the A minor D845 and D major D850.
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.