Excerpt from Beethoven Sonata in c minor, Op 111 — Tall Poppies, Sydney TP076
With the very best in the world to choose from, with Alfred Brendel,Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sviatoslav Richter and Maurizio Pollini sitting there on the shelves,why would you want to buy a locally produced disc of Beethoven's last three sonatas played by a relative unknown? That's the $30 question. But you'll never find out if you don't try and I strongly recommend you try Stephen Savage's Tall Poppies disc. You will find that this is playing of the highest class - as it needs to be in music that represents some of the highest peaks in the repertoire. Savage...delivers three thoroughly thought-out and beautifully played performances. At all times there is a sense that the music is moving purposefully on; the end is clearly in sight and the pleasures of the journey can be enjoyed all the more for that... they are coherent interpretations which give enormous pleasure at every level.
Australian Weekend Review