Ioannis Potamousis

Ioannis Potamousis plays Mozart, Brahms & Liszt

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Pianist Ioannis Potamousis appears here on his debut, self-produced album with a selection of less-frequently heard works from the standard repertoire. Opening with the early Sonata K. 282 of Mozart, Potamousis proves himself to be an able technician at the keyboard. His interpretation of Mozart is clean if not a little aloof. This same approach remains in Brahms' Piano Sonata No. 2, but here it comes across as sterility and blandness rather than just clean playing. Instead of enveloping listeners in the thick, rich textures, Potamousis seems to play it safe in terms of voicing, dynamics, and rubato. The program ends with two selections from Liszt: La Lugubre Gondola and Après une lecture de Dante. Potamousis is sufficiently capable of executing the technical demands of these compositions, but fails to offer listeners much in the way of introspection or musical profundity. The album's overall recorded sound quality also works against him. The upper register of the piano sounds extremely dry and metallic, while the lower end lacks sufficient depth and definition. Meanwhile, the levels on the mid-range are far too high and often drown out much of the more elaborate passagework.

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