For her second Warner Classics release, and now a No.1 album in the Official Specialist Classical Chart, the young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana turns to a pinnacle of the solo keyboard repertoire and a composer she has described as “my first love”: Johann Sebastian Bach. Her interpretation of his epic Goldberg Variations bears out Le Monde’s judgement that “Beatrice Rana certainly has nothing left to prove when it comes to technique, but what makes an impression are her calm maturity and her sense of architecture,”. BBC Radio 3’s Record Review programme recently commented about the album: “She’s absolutely extraordinary, she’s totally thought through the music. It might be a bit silly to talk about people like Gould and Fischer, but I think Rana is up there, she’s got something really interesting and very personal to say.”

Bach was the composer who most obsessed Beatrice Rana as a child, she confesses that it would be his music, and above all the Goldberg Variations, that she would choose if she had to devote her life to a single composer. As she has said: “I’m very happy to be going back to Bach … It’s best to avoid Bach in competitions … you can’t expose yourself to be totally killed by the jury! But Bach is my first love; now I am allowed to play it in public and I’m really looking forward to that.”

When it comes to competitions, she speaks from experience. She first came to international attention in 2011, when she won First Prize and all the special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. Two years later she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Her exceptional achievement and promise has also been recognised by BBC Radio 3, which has named her one of its New Generation Artists, and by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, which has awarded her a fellowship.

Beatrice Rana plays Bach’s Goldberg variations in Birmingham on May 9th (Town Hall) and in Glynde on June 24th. On June 23rd Beatrice will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Tommy Andersson in Cardiff.


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