a master in the art of
the tapered phrase, the dying fall and the precisely
"Martin Cousin's debut disc establishes a striking
new benchmark for the interpretation of Rachmaninov's
First Piano Sonata
His has discretion, judgment,
perception and formidable technique"
The Daily Telegraph
"Martin Cousin proved an engaging dandy, capable
of producing extravagant colourations from his piano.
His playing was effervescent in Julian Anderson's
Piano Etudes, darkly dramatic for Simon Holt's Tauromaquia."
"Chopin's B minor sonata
account by the Scottish-born pianist Martin Cousin
evoked Ravel's 'Oiseaux Tristes' beautifully and dressed
Chopin's First Ballade in all its splendour, before
a deeply intelligent account of Liszt's Sonata in
"Cousin's handling of Rachmaninov's 2nd Sonata
and Prokofiev's 7th Sonata was masterly."
"Playing Bach's Partita in C minor, young Scot
Martin Cousin showed that he had the light touch essential
for Baroque keyboard music. His playing was beautifully
articulated and paid great attention to the overall
structure of the piece. Not that Bach was his sole
speciality-as the concert ended with a stylish performance
of some of Brahms' piano miniatures."
"Sacconi String Quartet and Scottish born pianist
are extraordinarily high class