London Evening Standard
(BBC Proms)
"Tortelier gave an invigorating performance here [of Stravinsky's Petrushka]. He has an excellent soloist in Paul Janes, the dazzling pianist of the Russian dance."
Paul Driver
Sunday Times
"[Martinu's] Fifth Symphony is practically a piano concertante: BBC Philharmonic pianist Paul Janes brilliantly took his part"
Michael Tumelty
Glasgow Herald
"Janes is rather special. He is going to mature into a member of that school of cool, clear British pianism that contains such luminaries as Paul Crossley, Peter Hill and Howard Shelley. I'd go one step further. Of the eight semi-final recitals, the one that most impressed on a purely musical level- i.e. as a recital and not as an aggressive competition performance- was that of Paul Janes. His Beethoven was absorbing enough, but his sensitive, translucent performance of Debussy's Images will remain long in the mind."
Westmorland Gazette "Paul Janes delighted a capacity audience with performances of captivating virtuosity. His Mozart possessed a classical simplicity and beauty of line in which the most refined of details were explicitly illuminated. Limpid passage work, perfect tonal quality and balance, an awareness of part-writing- all were there. And then, Liszt's B minor Sonata- a monumental masterpiece receiving a monumental performance. One could only sit back and revel in the sheer dexterity of Mr Janes's piano playing."
Hampshire Chronicle "The highlight of the first part of the programme was the Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 in which Paul Janes was the brilliant soloist. Mr Janes, firmly in the lead, displayed breathtaking technique in trills, cascading runs and exhilarating octave passages. More important still was his cultivated musicianship which shone through it all."