Exhilarating playing here from pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi

Exhilarating playing here from pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi

The Guardian, Stephen Pritchard

Exhilarating playing here from pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi, who champions the work of the 19th-century English virtuoso William Sterndale Bennett, and now tackles his demandingly muscular Sonata in F minor, Op. 13.

The 20-year-old composer gave the piece to Mendelssohn as a wedding gift when he befriended him in Leipzig, where he also became firm friends with Schumann, who dedicated his masterly Symphonic Etudes to Bennett.

It’s also played with great panache on this recording.