Brilliant Valentine's performance
THIS recital consisted of suitable romantic music for Valentine's day.
Mozart's Piano Sonata No 11 is often known as the Alla Turca after the Turkish influence in the finale.
Mikhael gave an impressive performance, contrasting gentler moments with some powerful playing.
Three Chopin pieces showed the different moods of the composer starting with Bolero.
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In rather quieter vein Nocturne No18 proceeds gently and smoothly with broken chords under the main melody. There is a stronger middle section before serenity returns.
The last of the group was the famous Andante Spianato et Grand Polonaise, a virtuosic piece which is very testing for the pianist.
Mikhail gave a stunning performance with some masterful playing .
Liszt enjoyed transcribing operatic works and songs of other composers and this also enabled the general public to hear large works in a compressed form. The second half was devoted to these types of solos .
Songs by Schumann and Schubert and the Overture to Tannhauser were the examples chosen. The overture was particularly testing, but overall the whole recital was a tour de force from a brilliant exponent.