MIKE WHEELER listens to
Venetian pianist Alessandro Taverna
A few weeks before his Wigmore Hall, London, debut on 8 February, Venice-born Alessandro Taverna, third prize-winner at the 2009 Leeds competition, launched his Sunday morning recital at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham, UK, 15 January 2012) with Beethoven's E flat Piano Sonata Op 27 No 1, balancing the first movement's serene and playful elements, bringing crisp rhythmic energy to the second movement and navigating the remaining switches of mood adroitly.
He brought great textural clarity to the more mercurial passages in Chopin's Scherzo No 4, off-setting its dreamier middle section to excellent effect.
A combination of rhythmic control and vitality produced an impressive range of colour in Regard de l'Esprit de Joie from Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus...
Copyright © 21 January 2012 Mike Wheeler,