Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sergio A. Mims: Pianist Sodi Braide has a new recording of Schubert piano works on the Solstice label [SOCD309, available to U.S. buyers from Presto Classical, UK]

Sodi Braide (b. 1975)

Franz Schubert
4 Impromptus, D899
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D 960
Sodi Braide, piano
Solstice SOCD309 (2015)

AfriClassical first wrote of Sodi Braide, who was born in England on June 14, 1975 to parents of Nigerian descent, in the blog's early months of existence, when he was living in France, on September 24, 2007:

Sergio A. Mims first played the Franck CD on WHPK-FM in 2008.  He sends us excerpts from music reviews of the Schubert disc, as well as a link to Presto Classical,
which sells the CD to purchasers in the U.S. for $18.00 U.S.:

Pianist Sodi Braide has a new recording of Schubert piano works on the Solstice label.

BBC Music Magazine said about it:
“Airy, assured pianism, and a sure feeling for Schubert's emotional world.”

Gramophone Magazine's review (August 2015) said:

"Without recourse to idiosyncrasy or preening mannerisms everything is made movingly unfamiliar...Braide strong but forced eloquence and integrity exceed the playing of many other celebrated names. Always he allows Schubert his own unimpeded voice. The performance of the Impromptus are of similar caliber. Braide was born to play Schubert and, I suspect, much else besides"

Presto Classical gives this description of pianist Sodi Braide:

A cosmopolitan artist influenced by numerous cultures, Sodi Braide likes to explore a large repertoire, of different styles and periods. Born of Nigerian parents in Newcastle (United Kingdom), Sodi Braide started playing the piano at the age of 3 in Dublin, Ireland. He continued his musical studies in Nigeria and then in France, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris with Jacques Rouvier and Gerard Fremy, and at the Ecole Normale, Paris with Françoise Thinat.

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