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In BBC SSO debut, Isata Kanneh-Mason addresses Beethoven?s Piano Concerto No 3 with clinical alertness and unassuming confidence / The Scotsman

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In another discovery moment, Isata Kanneh-Mason's concerto debut with the BBC SSO (****), all eyes were on the young British pianist's ability to distinguish herself from her more famous younger brother, cellist Sheku, or indeed any of the other five siblings emerging from the exceptional Kanneh-Mason household.

She chose Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3, addressing it with clinical alertness and unassuming confidence. Disciplined fingerwork and a gratifying sense of empathy with the SSO ensured its brighter reaches sparkled. There are discoveries she, herself, needs to make in cultivating a more persuasive response to Beethoven's deeper intentions, but apart from noticeably tiring in the final movement, Kanneh-Mason – as demonstrated by her recent Clara Schumann album – is on an exciting upward journey.

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