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Critical Acclaim for Llyr Williams' Beethoven at Wigmore Hall

11.03.15
Llyr Williams

‘I am tempted to say that the concert might be reviewed in a single word – Magnificent! But, onreflection, that single word (though thoroughly justified) might not necessarily imply those qualities ofprofound musical intelligence, warm humanity and formidable technique with which all that we heardwas imbued.’
Glyn Pursglove, Seen and Heard International, 20th October 2015

‘This Beethoven adventure has reached the don’t-miss stage.’
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 30th May 2015

‘Williams has that precious ability to shed new light on the most familiar music, and a nonchalant technical mastery and singing tone that transform the simplest of melodies into something exceptional’
Rian Evans, The Guardian, 29th May 2015

‘Llyr Williams gives notice just by walking on stage that we’re in for an evening of deeply considered, serious music-making. This remarkably intense Welsh pianist is a one-man riposte to the culture of showand ‘instant impact’ we now live in’
Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph , 31st May 2015

‘Llyr opened the door to the private and personal Beethoven, giving us all a glimpse at the genius’innermost hopes and fears, replete with juxtaposing lament and impetuosity. Men of contradictions, boththe gargantuan and unassuming sides of Beethoven and Llyr come across in their personalities andmusic.’
Lucy Jeffery, Seen and Heard International, 2nd June 2015

Other Acclaim

‘Williams reminded us that the outward straightforwardness of the Op31 No3 sonata is so much more than that in the hands of an enquiring musical brain’
Ken Walton, The Scotsman, 28 September 2015 (Glasgow Beethoven Cycle with Elias Quartet)

‘I had been struck by Williams' relaxed demeanour when he directed the SCO in Beethoven's First PianoConcerto in November 2014. That was no one-off; no matter the technical or expressive demands,Williams seems to deliver with calm assurance.’
Alan Coady, Bachtrack, 16 January 2015 (Beethoven Concerto cycle with SCO)

‘…Williams’ own transcriptions of three episodes from Parsifal: 21 minutes encapsulating Williams’?complete understanding of Wagner’s music as well as his technical virtuosity’
International Piano, March-April 2015 (Wagner CD)

‘It was universally acknowledged (among the cognoscenti in the hall) that one unexpected high point of the whole competition was Llyr’s transcendently dramatic performance of Schubert’s ‘Erlkonig’, whichleft the soloist…somewhat outclassed’
Simon Rees, BBC Music Magazine,  June 2015 (BBC Cardiff Singer of the World)