A MAJOR TALENT
Mishka Rushdie Momen plays Chopin,
impressing MIKE WHEELER
Mishka Rushdie Momen's CV tells us she studied with Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall, as well as with Alfred Brendel and Richard Goode, and with András Schiff at his summer classes in the Menuhin Festival at Gstaad — pianists' pedigrees don't come much more impressive than that.
The promise was more than amply borne out by her all-Chopin recital for Derby Chamber Music (Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University, UK, 4 December 2015), beginning with a powerful account of the Second Ballade, whose gentle barcarolle-like opening was disrupted by an angry account of the stormy music that throws it off-course. The minor-key ending has rarely sounded quite so dark...
Copyright © 13 December 2015 Mike Wheeler,