Press Quotes

Testimonials:

“It was a special joy to have Fali Pavri with me. He is a very great talent. We play three programs-we play Beethoven sonatas , Prokofiev sonata, Shostakovich sonata and more. In everything we play Fali shows very great quality.”
Mstislav Rostropovich  (after a recital tour of India)

“I know Fali Pavri to be an excellent pianist. He is a dedicated musician, highly trained in his craft. He will be of invaluable help not only by his public appearances as an artist but also by teaching the great traditions in music he has to offer young people.”
Zubin Mehta

CD Reviews:

“Timothy Gill and Fali Pavri elicit a searing lyricism, bringing a tremendous sense of direction to the melodic invention which can so easily meander in lesser hands.”
Classic CD (Rubbra sonata)

“The suite for solo piano “Calcutta Nagar” consists of 18 vignettes, most of them pithy in the extreme, yet all exquisitely chiselled. Suffice to report, the composer’s fellow country-man, Fali Pavri, is an outstandingly sympathetic interpreter.
Gramophone (World premiere recording of John Mayer’s “Calcutta Nagar”)

“This most accomplished , enterprising concert is performed with consistent sensitivity and much quiet insight. Perhaps the highlight is Edmund Rubbra’s gloriously ruminative and beautifully crafted sonata of 1946, here given a reading which strikes a perfect balance between formal elegance and passion.
Gramophone (Rubbra Sonata)

“This exciting CD from Delphian throws the limelight on his lesser-known chamber works, in particular those featuring cello and piano. The artists are familiar to local audiences. Cellist Robert Irvine and pianist Fali Pavri are both teachers at Glasgow’s RSAMD. Their performances are both evocative and exhilarating. In the earliest work – the Four Lyrical Pieces of 1970 – they capture the music’s kaleidoscopic moods from its lugubrious, ghostly mystery to the chuntering exuberance of the finale”
Kenneth Walton- The Scotsman (Giles Swayne- music for cello and piano)

“Superbly played by the Glasgow-based duo of Robert Irvine and Fali Pavri, it’s recorded with trademark spaciousness and clarity”
Gramophone (Giles Swayne- music for cello and piano)

“Not convinced yet? Then direct yourself to the Six Piano Pieces from 1911, which would find favour on any pianist’s programme. The Schumann-esque titles (`Frage’, `Unruhige Nacht’, etc.) are matched by a similarly Schumann-esque fancy and concision. The fourth piece, a winsome `Catalonian Serenade’, is only waiting to be inserted into the right television advertisement or motion picture, and then all the world (figuratively speaking!) will want to know who this Volkmar Andreae was.”
International Record Review (Volkmar Andreae- 6 Piano Pieces)

Concert Reviews:

“Indeed I have never heard a more eloquent account of this popular sonata than the one rendered by Rostropovich and Pavri that evening. Bombay-born Fali Pavri, presently at the Royal Academy of Music and half the age of the maestro, provided admirable accompaniment, matching the cellist’s musical characterisation.” Mid-Day (Mumbai)

“Fali Pavri is a brilliant performer and breathes music through his pores, has a head full of ideas and is served by a phenomenal control.”
The Hindu (Calcutta)

‘From the opening of Bach’s Partita No.6 to the last note of his Rachmaninov encore, he produced a sound so sublime… Bach’s notoriously complex seven-part Partita is only tackled by the most proficient pianists – and Pavri’s credentials on that front are flawless. It wasn’t just his technique, however, that made this piece soar – superb though that was – but the alternate tenderness and drama he invested in it.’ Kelly Apter – The Scotsman (Edinburgh)

“The fabulous playing of pianist Fali Pavri – what a feat of learning, with prodigious virtuosity on display in the finale.” (Sinding Piano Quintet)
Michael Tumelty – The Herald (Glasgow)
“Timothy Gill and Fali Pavri tackled Rachmaninov’s cello sonata with fervent passion, making some glorious and beautifully balanced sounds.”
The Times (London-Wigmore Hall)

 ” Nothing was overstated in the performance, which in fact seemed to increase the intensity of the music. I felt as though I had been sucked into the heart of the piece. Only when I felt my own heart pounding did I realise I was actually holding my breath. In that performance these two players had this listener by the throat. And that terse, ticking quality at the end of the movement, which just stops, although a familiar device in the composer’s armoury, is a bit scary when as effectively delivered as here. The stomping, Scherzo-like quality of the second movement came as a release and a relief, though there are moments where you can feel Shostakovich is using you as a punch-bag. An extremely powerful performance by Gringolts and Pavri; and there was absolutely no letting-up in tension for their performance of Galina Ustvolskaya’s Duet, with its Psycho shrieks, violent, convulsive contrasts, and, at one point, a boiling sense of anger.”

Michael Tumelty – The Herald (Glasgow)
“The gritty Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor seemed to place no obstacles in the path of the fine young Vellinger Quartet who with Fali Pavri as pianist gave it a powerful and passionate performance”

Conrad Wilson – The Herald

“Pianist Fali Pavri had a lot of notes to get his fingers around throughout the (Rimsky Korsakov) quintet, but he made light work of it, playing with authority and assurance. It is hard to imagine finer exponents of this piece.” Therese Sutherland – The Herald

“Lahesmaa and the eloquent Pavri teamed up in a spirited, full-on and achingly soulful account of Schumann’s Three Fantasy Pieces”
Michael Tumelty – The Herald