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Musical Outlooks

BILL NEWMAN attends a selection of concerts
at London's Wigmore Hall

 

Kasparas Uinskas, piano
Friday 1 April 2011

Bach's Partita No 4 in D, BWV 828 -- one of his most inventive of the six was given a fleeting performance, while Schumann's Etudes Symphoniques was studiously cautious, the pianist appeared to 'punctuate' the beginning of each variation. A Rachmaninov threesome found him more reflective and dramatic, in turn: Prelude in B minor, Op 32 No 10, and two Etudes-Tableaux -- No 6 in E flat minor and No 8 in G minor, both from Op 33. Then came Chopin's great Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat Op 61, certainly not as magnificent as it should be, but fragmentary and jerky instead. I may have the wrong artist, but the first Chopin I heard him perform in his opening Wigmore recital was Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor, where the opening octaves were so fast that he went momentarily out of control. The redeeming item was Skryabin's Sonata 2 in G sharp minor, Op 19, which had a pulsating brilliance...

Copyright © 7 June 2011 Bill Newman,
Edgware UK

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WIGMORE HALL

LONDON

ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC

ALEXANDER MELNIKOV

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

ROBERT SCHUMANN

FRYDERYCK CHOPIN

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN

GIOVANNI GABRIELI

ANTONIN REICHA

ANTONIO VIVALDI

ERWIN SCHULHOFF

FRANZ SCHUBERT

JOHANNES BRAHMS

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

MAURICE RAVEL

SERGEY PROKOFIEV

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