Eugene Alcalay plays
Bartók, Dutilleux and Beethoven,
enjoyed by MALCOLM MILLER
A programme of Bartók, Dutilleux and Beethoven formed the stimulating fare in a superb Beethoven Piano Society of Europe lunchtime recital by Eugene Alcalay, which regaled a large audience at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK, on Monday 31 May 2010. The Romanian-born pianist, who is currently Professor of Piano in Wisconsin-Platteville, USA, has a blossoming career fuelled by his early mentoring by Leonard Bernstein, followed by studies at Indiana University, the Curtis Institute and Juilliard School of Music. Following his warmly received London début in 2007, the present recital, also as part of the BPSE series, is a welcome return forming part of a European tour.
From the start, he displayed power and gusto in a fiery and propulsive rendition of Bartók's leonine Allegro Barbaro, revealing his more kaleidoscopic lyrical qualities in Dutilleux's Au Gre des Ondes -- Six Petites Pieces Pour Piano. His captivating performance of this work was sensitive to the nuance of colour and harmony characteristic of one of the most fascinating of French contemporary composers...
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