This was a highly enjoyable and engaging performance, which demonstrated a satisfying variety of characterisation, touch and colour, subtle and expressive phrasing, and innate understanding of not only the lyricism, but also the wit present in this music.

- Rustem Hayroudinoff

concert pianist, Professor of Piano at Royal Academy of Music London

 

 

 

The Five Bagatelles displayed a great sense of poetry and understanding of the style and essence of this music, with depth and nuances of colour.

- Luis Pares

concert pianist, Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College

 

 

 

A great deal of imaginative orchestration, with lyricism and character. (Prokofiev)

The playing showed sensitivity and musicianly instincts – a thoughtful and well-constructed interpretation. (Beethoven)

- Peter Tuite

concert pianist

 

 

 

The darkness of Prokofiev’s Sonata was particularly well-captured. Enjoyable and outstanding!

- Vanessa Latarche

 

Head of Keyboard at Royal College of Music London, concert pianist

 

 

 

"Music festival secretary, Felicity Kamminga, described Irena’s talent as startling and her performance capable of creating an electric atmosphere."

- Peterborough Evening Telegraph

 

 

 

Radić was a fine ambassador for the Medtner pieces, beautifully played and responding to the mood swings with commitment and imagination, supple rubato and a warm inviting sound: the tricky shifts of story-telling in the final one were particularly well handled. An absorbing performance. This approach was also a perfect match for the Rachmaninoff Preludes. By turns these were exquisitely shaped and impressively virtuoso. Nos 4 and 6 were exemplary in balance, shaping and pacing, idiomatically played with heartfelt rubato and lovely colours. Nos 2 and 5 were thrilling with deep tonal resources…Nos 1 and 3 responded so well to the harmonic shifts and brooding atmospheres, and no.7 was passionate and intensely dramatic. This was a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end, playing of a really high standard.

 

 

Nigel Wilkinson

concert pianist, teacher, adjudicator, former senior producer for Radio 3

 

 

A poised and warm-hearted reading, which struck a personal note. (Faure) . . . An alert and alive Prelude which always said something . . . the Fugue had a really jaunty dance-like character. (Bach) . . . considerable passion and authority, with a beautiful sound. (Scriabin)

- Andrew Ball

 

concert pianist & professor at Royal College of Music London

 

 

 

. . . honesty in approach to the programme . . . quiet innocence

. . . beautifully done.

- Tim Gill

principal cellist with RPO

& London Sinfonietta

 

 

 

Bach was played with much authority, sincerity, poise and control.

- Deniz Gelenbe

 

concert pianist & chamber musician, Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatory

 

 

 

From the outset this was playing of authority and imagination. The Medtner Fairy Tales were very characterful…very convincingly played. In the Rachmaninoff the playing was musical, passionate and totally committed…Playing of exceptional quality and very moving to listen to.

- Vanessa Latarche

Head of Keyboard at Royal College of Music London, concert pianist

 

 

 

The Fantasie (Bach) was persuasively free . . . always sensitive to the harmony. Attention to detail and richness of polyphony made for a compelling Fugue.

. . . Beautifully clear textures . . . Graceful and assured, and performed with most attractive limpid tone. (Ravel)

- Ian Jones

 

Deputy Head of Keyboard at Royal College of Music London, concert pianist

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