Following a dazzling international career specialising in the virtuoso repertoire for the harpsichord, Virginia Black has turned full circle and returned to her roots at the piano.
What the Critics Say
“…she mixed virtuosity and a limpid grace in equal measure…”
“Virginia Black’s command of her instrument is total; she plays as though she belongs naturally to her instrument.”
“…her playing … is characterised by verve, subtle phrasing, and an unmistakeable and infectious sense of happiness.”
“…Black’s intimate style…yields arresting results…lilting, relaxed and gorgeously inflected.”
“…a dazzling performance from Virginia Black”
“…always tasteful and idiomatic…The recorded acoustic is warm yet clear. It has been a delight to get to know Black’s playing”
“…flows with a grace and effortlessness…”
“…a communicative artist, extrovert, colourful, spontaneous but with a deep sense of poetry.”
Virginia Black’s CD of the Goldberg Variations by J S Bach was “first choice” in Gramophone and “collectors’ choice” in Classic CD, which described her version as “a superb, life-enhancing issue”.
“In the average year there are many concerts/recitals that provoke admiration and respect, from which one emerges with a feeling of pleasure and “uplift”, but those which are genuinely describable as exciting or thrilling come, like the spirit of delight, but rarely: one such was given by Virginia Black.”
“With great assurance she impressed on the Scarlatti sonatas her unmistakable musical personality…authoritative, elegant and with obvious enjoyment of the virtuoso passages…to the delight of the audience.”
“Virginia Black has abundant technique and sentient musicality…. Had I been restricted to a one-word review it would have been: ‘Irresistible'”