I have known Steven Osborne since was a pupil at St Mary's Music School! Since become one of the world's leading pianists. What makes him fascinating is the repertoire choices he has made. One of his first major successes was a performance of Messiaen's 'Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant Jésus' (2 hrs 15 mins!) at the Wigmore Hall. Since then there have been cycles of the Tippett Piano Sonatas and large swathes of French repertoire as highly acclaimed performances of Schubert and Beethoven. His recent recording of the final 3 Beethoven Sonatas was made in Perth Concert Hall on the piano which he himself selected. If he has an evangelistic streak it is to underline the greatness of Rachmaninoff. This is partially in response to the famous Grove 1954 entry: 'Technically he was highly gifted, but also severely limited. His music is ... monotonous in texture ... The enormous popular success some few of Rachmaninoff's works had in his lifetime is not likely to last, and musicians never regarded it with much favour' Steven would say they were totally wrong!
To hear Steven playing Ravel's La Valse click here
To hear Steven playing a Jazz encore click here
To see Steven in interview click here