MALCOLM TROUP hears
'the art of the piano reborn'
in Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas
Almost as much a sign of the times, and holding out no less hope for an eventual cultural rapprochement than Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, is the incomparable Syrian pianist Riyad Nicholas, who was presented on 1 December 2010 by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe for the second time at St James' Piccadilly, London, UK. News had been quick to travel, so this time his public had swollen to bursting point. Even without that previous clarion-call, his programme itself was enough to fling down the gauntlet to all Londoners with an eye and an ear for any new entrant to the list of front-rank virtuosi...
Copyright © 11 December 2010 Malcolm Troup,