Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 is a far from obvious choice for a first recording but Filippo Gorini has made a great success of it. The performance on this CD is well-prepared and, in his playing, Gorini shows a degree of maturity beyond his years. He shows great confidence in attacking the more powerful variations but equally he exhibits a sublime softness of touch where required. Furthermore this has been captured in excellent sound by the recording engineers at Alpha.
This is a CD not to be missed and I look forward to further offerings from this pianist.
Prior to reviewing this CD I was unfamiliar with Gorini but it transpires that in 2015, he received both the first and audience prizes at the Telekom-Beethoven Competition Bonn. In that competition he performed not only the Diabelli Variations but also works by Schubert, Schönberg, Bartok and Thomas Adès. He is now studying with none other than the great Alfred Brendel. Filippo Gorini is clearly an artist to watch out for in the future.