"Most sterling of British pianists... his impeccable technique and musicianship make a superb case for a choice of works that, significantly, stresses the more speculative side of Haydn’s nature... in his hands the finale is an effervescent tour de force"
"In an age of vacuous wunderkinder, John Lill’s playing stands out for its integrity and individuality. Like his Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, his Haydn is deeply idiosyncratic yet thoroughly rational and inimitably beautiful. Some of the tempi in this programme of four sonatas are usual. The Allegro of the E flat Sonata (Hob 6:52) is particularly bracing, yet the narrative is never less than thoroughly clear. Delicate yet disciplined performances of the C sharp minor (Hob 6:36), G minor (Hob 6:49) and E flat major (6:49) confirm Lill’s reputation as a master interpreter. Unmissable."
The Independent on Sunday - 5 August 2007
"The wait has been worth it... vividly contrasted, honest, gently tapering and resoloute"
INternational Record Review
"Recorded in 2000 in Hong Kong but not released until now, Lill’s playing of four Haydn sonatas is elegant and expressive but lacks the fresh excitement of a new discovery. He plays the scales in No 62 in E flat as if carefully unrolling an expensive cloth, and the fretful, timid opening of No 49 in C sharp minor with gentlemanly, colonial reserve. But the wistful expression he gives to No 32 in G minor robs it of its natural gaiety and lightness, while the laborious wallowing of No 59 in E flat misses the alert early-bird staccato of other, younger interpretations." ***
The Knowledge - 28 April 2007
He is one of the greatest pianists alive today. Across the board , I do not know another pianist who could hold a candle to this magisterial keyboard player. Unsurpassed playing. An intellectual giant and master craftsman
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